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The Trouble with Earth

Written by Alex Latimer

Illustrated by Alex Latimer

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The Trouble with Earth Review

Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Space The Natural World Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A space story with a difference for the very young

The planets are going on holiday. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn – they’re all packed and ready to go. But apparently there’s no room on the bus for Earth. She’s upset, and then determined so she sets off in her car and confronts the others about why didn’t they let her on. Their answer is surprising: they left her out because they think she’s got fleas… When Earth points out what the real reason is for all that movement, the others are amazed at the myriad of birds, fish, animals and insects that live on Earth. She explains to them too that they can’t catch the things she’s got, to support life you have to be just right.

In Alex Latimer’s illustrations all the planets have personalities and their holiday to the Milky Way looks like great fun. There’s a message to learn about being kind to others, but lots of information to pick up too on the planets and their characteristics, and it’s all delivered in a satisfying rhyming text. And how can you resist any book that depicts the moon as a friendly little dog?

Andrea Reece

The Trouble with Earth Synopsis

Why didn't the other planets invite Earth to their holiday? Soon they'll find out the wonderful truth about Earth's 'fleas' and change their minds.

When Earth turns up on the holiday she wasn't invited to and finds all the other planets in the solar system in the hot tub - even Pluto! - she discovers exactly why: it looks like she has FLEAS! Yuck. But when Earth asks everyone to take a closer look inside her atmosphere, they're amazed by what they see.

Award-winning Alex Latimer's The Trouble with Earth is the perfect story to teach us to be kind and less quick to judge others.

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ISBN: 9781839130816
Publication date: 07/04/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839130816
Publication date: 7th April 2022
Author: Alex Latimer
Illustrator: Alex Latimer
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental, Space, The Natural World, Personal Social Health Economic
Collections: Eco Reads - 70 books for a Greener Future, 40 fantastic new STEM books that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.,

About Alex Latimer

Alex Latimer is a South African writer and illustrator living in Cape Town. He has a degree in English and Philosophy and has written and illustrated for many major brands across the globe. Alex’s picture books are quirky and fun and full of humour that appeals to both children and adults. Alex was won the Hampshire Picture Book Award, the CELI Read Aloud Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. When he’s not writing or drawing, Alex enjoys hiking the local mountains, swimming in the bay and the odd game of ...

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