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In a nutshell: brotherly love under the microscope
April 2018 Debut of the Month | Space, family relationships, friendships – they’re all cleverly and vividly described in this highly entertaining story. Stan, our nerdy but very likeable hero, wants nothing more than to win a telescope in the science fair so that he can study space, his passion. The main obstacle to this and indeed all Stan’s hopes and wishes, is his little brother Fred, a dinosaur-obsessed five-year-old tornado of destruction and unpredictability. Super-orderly Stan resorts to a range of charts and measuring devices to fill us in on his life – pie-charts, ordinary charts, illustrated diagrams, Venn diagrams – and together with his lugubrious, sometimes agonised delivery, it makes for fast and very funny reading. Readers will be on Stan’s side from the start, and this will speak to anyone who has, is or knows a younger brother or sister.
Author, Elaine Wickson tells us a little bit about her new book...."I always imagine Stan as a cross between Moss from the IT crowd and Professor Brian Cox – but as 11-year-olds with a really annoying younger brother. Stan’s a bit nerdy, big on organisation, loves his space facts, and is basically just after some quality me-time. He’s endlessly being blamed for his brother’s antics because of ‘Older Sibling You Should Know Better’ syndrome. Stan and Fred’s relationship is very loosely based on my sons, who look out for one another and annoy each other in the way that only siblings can. When they were learning to talk, they came out with some priceless gems, which I wrote down in personally bound notebooks (because that’s the kind of bonkers thing I do). Every time I read them, it’s like travelling back in time. Fred originated in those notebooks, but soon burst out and took on a life of his own. Stan had no idea what was going to hit him."
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Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan's bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.
Read an author Q&A with Elaine Wickson here.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'A highly entertaining ad-VENN-ture that's loveably BAR-my with hilarity, humour and hap-PIE-ness in all the right places. . .surely making it a serious (or should I say, not-so-serious!!!) contender for the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Book Awards).' * @MrEPrimary, thereaderteacher.com *
'Wonderful observational comedy about siblings. Planet Stan is a genuinely funny, laugh out loud story packed with warmth and wit.' * Andy Shepherd, author of The Boy Who Grew Dragons *
'I absolutely loved Planet Stan. What funny, endearing and extraordinary people Stan and his brother Fred are. A fantastic read.' * Margaret Pemberton, Children's Librarian *
'My 9yo has drawn a pie chart to show why he loves Planet Stan ... Truly inspired, his diary is now filled with pie charts of his own life! What a genius idea'
|Publication date:||5th April 2018|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month, Reviewed by Children|
A staggeringly funny debut from exciting talent Elaine Wickson. Read an author Q&A with Elaine Wickson here.More About Elaine Wickson