MUNGO AND THE SPIDERS FROM SPACE by Timothy Knapman

MUNGO AND THE SPIDERS FROM SPACE

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mungo is obsessed with outer space. His bedspread’s covered with spaceships, and even his teddy bear looks ready for blast-off. His mom knows her son will love the tattered comic book she found at a garage sale—Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe!—and she’s right. Oversized, colorful, action-packed pages reveal Captain Galacticus and his cute she-robot Gizmo “taking the GNASHING, SLASHING GOBBLEBEAST to space prison for eating two galaxies and a Mars.” Just as a gigantic robot spider begins tickling the Captain, Mungo and his mother discover the book’s last page is missing! Fortunately, a rocket ship transports the boy into the adventure and predictably, Mungo saves the day. Stower’s wild, comical illustrations are fun and artfully rendered, but the various hard-to-read typefaces are more dizzying than playfully chaotic. Indeed, the ingredients of an outrageous space fantasy are all here in this lively British import, along with a Captain Underpants sensibility (think ass-teroid jokes), but the superficially zesty story and dialogue seem stale. Ardent fans of gigantic robot spiders may not mind. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3277-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2009




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