Jake is sent to remedial space car driving school on the Moon. Nothing could be more embarrassing. But then he uncovers a plot to blow up the Moon. Can he save everyone?
I thought that this book would be good for my boys who are starting to read and take an interest in books so although I didn't enjoy the book that much I will be keeping it for the kids. My six year old wanted to read the book to me and he read the first three chapters before I thought it would be easier for me to read and review and he can keep reading it at his own pace (which is noticeably slower than my pace)
I managed to read the book in a few attempts, firstly my son insisted on reading to me and then I had to try and get "hooked" by the story which took a while to do. I did manage to read the entire book and am looking forward to the second book, I can see this is a series that is going to find a home on my bookshelf as it does appeal to the boys who love space travel and anything that sounds really cool and I'm sure space driving sounds real cool.
There weren't any pictures so it wouldn't really appeal to young readers as they usually tend to look at the pictures for clues about the story and what is happening in it but the words are easy and the language is not that hard to understand so would be more suitable for the next level of readers.
Personally I wouldn't worry with this book too much but the boys have already told me that they love the story so I guess it will have to stay. I think all kids should be encouraged to read for fun and if this series is going to achieve that then great and I will do what ever it takes to encourage my boys to love reading.
Jake in Space: Moon Attack looked like it could be a fun little adventure for a quick read but I simply didn't really find it enjoyable and can't see myself being troubled to find the next in the series.
Jake is a twelve year old boy, from some point in our future where intergalactic travel exists, people live on planets such as Mars, space stations and Venus and by the time the kids are twelve they are expected to hold a space car drivers license, so already a bit too far fetched for my liking. There's also only so many times I want to read the words "Remedial Space Car Driving School"..... The basic story line itself isn't too bad of an idea, but still not fleshed out as well as it could have been and rather abrupt.
The parents sounded more like kids that Jake did and even though they were in the book such a short time, they were far too irritating and I was glad when they were gone. None of the characters were fleshed out well (and yes it can be done in a short book such as this) and the villain was nothing really great at all. I didn't enjoy this at all and I didn't manage to read a whole chapter with my son before he got bored with it too.
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