Superhero space boy spud and the stinky space adventure is my son's current favourite book. The book is written by Sam Lloyd. We got this book from the library just over a week ago .He is the author of my son's favourite choice, Wendy the wide mouth frog, on our list trip.
The story is of a small boy who goes on an adventure off to space after noticing problems on the planets through his telescope. Superhero space boy spud visits various planets where they are aliens in trouble. The problems the aliens have is related to the bedtime routine so need help with bathing, brushing hair, teeth and going to the toilet. The planets are named after the planet such as planet Fang where the alien needs his teeth cleaning. After he helps watch Alien he races off to the next Planet and lands with a "Pow slam". Each time he countdown to leave and he does the traditional 3-2-1 blastoff. After finally sorting out the Aliens he flies off home and his mommy tucks him in while he falls asleep.
This book is a wonderful story. It addresses many issues. The way the story is written is ideal for children it has repetitive text each time Spud recognises the planet his response is "rip roaring rockets" and will then explain the problem simply such as what a pong. The aliens speak using onomatopoeias language for example, on the planet whiff where the aliens need a bath say "pong, pong, pong. Each planet follows the same sequence and is fast paced and is very rhythmic to read which keeps the interest going.
The illustrations are by Ben Cort are bright colourful and fill the page. He gives the aliens very emotional facial expressions and makes them seem friendly and happy once they have been helped by spud
This book has become a personal favourite for my son. While most little boys does enjoy space this is ideal. It fits in with his bedtime routine and ends. The colourful illustrations draw his attention and he assists spud to help the aliens and will help comb the frizzy aliens' hair and wash the pongy aliens. On the final page space boy spud is fast asleep in bed with his teddy bear which is similar to his teddy and will show spud his teddy and tell him his teddy's name. While a long story for his age it is something he can listen to and with repetitive text can join in. He will now say 3-2-1 blast off as spud races of to another planet.
My personal favourite planet to visit is the planet piddle where the aliens want to go to the toilet. The aliens are pictured as larger transparent drops which are filled with Yellow liquid and are saying "pee pee pee" The Aliens look unhappy and uncomfortable and one has had a little accident until they are helped onto the toilet ( A crater) the volume of liquid decreases and the alien has a smile on the face. This is perfect as my son is in the process of toilet training and does have the odd accident so we get chance to talk about it in the third person without causing him any embarrassment.
This is one of the longest books I have read to my son. This holds his attention and teaches him to help others. We both enjoy reading this story and I can highly recommend this book for children aged between two and five years of age and it would be more likely be suited to boys however it may be enjoyed by little girls who have a fascination with space.
This book was published by tiger press in 2009
I am so impressed by this book and other Sam Lloyd books; I am planning to purchase other books by the same author for my son's birthday.