Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve

Cakes in Space

Written by Philip Reeve
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

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One of our Books of the Year 2014 Best-selling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s space adventure with a difference sees Astra, a young girl travelling to a new life in Nova Mundi, setting in motion a gigantic cake catastrophe. Astra is ‘definitely peckish’ at the start of her family’s 199 year space trip. With the help of the little Robot Pilbeam, Astra asks the Norm-O-Tron computer in the dining hall to create something ‘So delicious, it’s scary’. The result is an army of cake monsters and some very terrifying adventures!

Some of our readers were lucky enough to review the first collaboration between Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, the brilliant Oliver and the Seawigs. Here's what 2 young reviewers thought..'I like this book because it is exciting and full of adventure. The illustrations are also very good...I give it 100 stars!' and 'A really funny book, full of amazing characters and brilliant pictures...I really hope Oliver has more adventures because I'd love to read them.' . Find more reviews here!

And Glenn Cosby, Contestant from the 2013 Great British Bake-Off comments: “Cakes in Space is a right laugh, but I know that I will never see cakes again in the same way. Cakes in Space is an exciting and hilarious story that I read in one sitting and one I am sure mums and dads will enjoy as much as the kids.”


Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve

Astra's family are all snoring in their sleeping pods aboard their spaceship, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her robot friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. It's been knocked off course and invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew searching for spoonage (they just LOVE collecting spoons)! But even the Poglites need Astra's help when they discover something far more sinister lurking in the canteen. Sure, they're cakes; but no one would describe them as sweet.

Another splendiferous adventure from dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, bursting with brilliant two-colour illustrations.

Philip Reeve explains: “When I first bumped into Sarah at the Edinburgh International Book Festival a couple of years ago, I little realised that she was going to become one of my very best friends. I certainly never imagined that we would end up working together. We have very different personalities and views, and there seems little common ground between her lovely comics and picture books and my novels. But what do you know? As we nattered away to each other, both in real life and on the internet, all sorts of mad ideas started to pop out. It turns out that it’s actually quite a good idea to collaborate with someone whose work is so different from your own, as it forces both of you to try new things. So it was only a matter of time before some Reeve/McIntyre collaborations appeared!”

Sarah McIntyre adds: “Philip was reading my blog and spotted a little painting I’d made on a postcard, of an astronaut and an alien and he thought, hey, we should try a story with aliens! He’d already seen me draw organic matter - seaweed, beach scenes - for
Oliver and the Seawigs, and he thought it would be fun to see how I’d draw machinery and robots. He had the idea of a child wandering around in a spaceship, and then I came up with the idea of a malfunctioning food machine and mutant killer cakes. We sat in cafes and ate quite a lot of cakes together, Praise for in the name of research.”

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'A gloriously wacky space adventure packed with illustrations and quirky humour.' The Bookseller's Children's Buyer's Guide

'This is a really fun story by Philip Reeve with the fabulous illustrations by Sarah McIntyre - what a dazzling duo they are ... I loved this book.' Jessica Harding, The Onion Magazine

'Fast paced, funny and full of loveable characters and ingenious illustrations, Reeve and McIntyre have served up a sticky-sweet triumph.' Kate Whiting, Western Gazette

Praise for Oliver and the Seawigs

A fun-packed delight Daily Telegraph

A gloriously wacky story The Times

[A] rollicking voyage Sunday Times

Marvellous maritime adventure ... dive in for lots of fun The Daily Mail

Lively, imaginative and funny Books for Keeps

Wonderful fun, endlessly imaginative and superbly illustrated Parents in Touch

A crazy, clever piece of storytelling Teach Primary

Marries the very different talents of Reeve and McIntyre to fabulous effect Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide

A quirky fun book Newbury Weekly News

Not to be missed Angels and Urchins

About the Author

Philip Reeve

Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him.

Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Predator Cities novels followed, and Philip's latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines. Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal. Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.

Click here to see a Philip talking about his new adventure book, Oliver and the Seawigs, a collaboration with Sarah McIntyre.

Philip Reeve's fiction publisher, Marion Lloyd, describes his Predator Cities series:

“..inspiring adventure stories, in whose futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting, moving cities trawl the Earth. They attack and consume each other in wastelands where natural resources are scarce, and Ancient technology is fought for. Fast-paced, sometimes violent, always surprising and original, Reeve’s epic sequence of love, war and adventure are richly rewarding for both adults and children.”

Praise for Philip Reeve:

‘Intelligent, funny and wise’ - Literary Review on Fever Crumb

‘Reeve drives his juggernaut of a talent through the streets of a mob-crazed futuristic London with Cecil B DeMille grandeur. Resent being suckered into sequels? Fever Crumb is a complete story – but it may prove addictive’ - Geraldine McCaughrean, Daily Telegraph on Fever Crumb

‘A masterpiece’ - Sunday Telegraph

‘A majestic achievement’ - Sunday Times

‘Marvellous… utterly captivating in its imaginative scope and energy’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Brilliant… an absorbing and emotionally engaging work’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th September 2014




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