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This inventive Wimpy Kid-esque book for 8+ year-olds (more graphic novel/comic than conventional novel) brims with high-stakes dilemmas, high-octane action, and a whole lot of humour.
To set the scene, iLK is a Glubwark from planet Glub and his scary dad has invaded Earth. The book takes the form of iLK recounting the attack and its unexpected aftermath in his journal. From the off iLK is an amusing narrator, such as when his dad instructs him to land on earth to “help with the invasion” and he winds up realising that “I didn’t do a very good job, so now my job is to stay out the way. I’m very good at that.” This kind of wry humour and the accompanying doodle-style illustrations provide lots of laughs throughout.
iLK is much happier caring for his collection of plants than getting involved in the invasion, but when his dad deems planet Earth useless, it falls to iLK to take on his father’s “Emperor of the World” role. There’s much tension as iLK steps-up to his new position but, little by little, he accepts it, first installing his HQ at Machu Picchu, then learning about the Amazonian rainforest. iLK is really getting into the idea of helping Earth survive and thrive when his dad drops a bombshell about why they really came here. Funny, engaging and with strong messages about making right choices and saving the planet, this is spot-on for eight to ten year-olds, and comes especially recommended for reluctant readers.
Joanne Owen, LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
iLK is a Glubwark from the planet Glub and his dad has just invaded Earth.
iLK isn’t keen on being involved in the invasion, but his dad BiLK, quickly decides that Earth is useless and hands the mantle of "Emperor of the World," down to his son.
iLK becomes responsible for ruling Earth and soon grows to love it. So when he discovers his father isn't interested in caring for the planet iLK is confronted with a difficult choice.
How will iLK save Earth whilst also trying to fulfil the responsibilities assigned by his father?
Spacekid iLK: Invasion 101 is an illustrated novel for ages 8-12. At an age where children are learning about different points of views and about taking responsibility, this book aims to not just extol the virtues of doing the right thing, but also asks why one would and what that choice involves.
Using entries from iLK's journal and comic pages throughout, "Spacekid iLK: Invasion 101," is likely to engage even reluctant readers.
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