by Dian Curtis Regan
Boyds Mills Press
Review Copy provided by Blue Slip Media
Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he’s always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot, Radar, and his dog, Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko’s story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat. Illustrated in comic–book style and featuring easy–to–read text packed with humor, Space Boy and His Dog is Niko’s first adventure, with two more books planned in the series.
Let's just get something straight here. Despite what you might see, this book is definitely NOT about Niko's sister Posh. Niko has a fabulous imagination. He has created a spaceship in his backyard with cardboard and scraps. His trusty toy robot is his copilot and he never goes anywhere without his dog, Tag. When a neighborhood cat goes missing, Niko and his crew travel to the moon to find it. Unfortunately Posh has stowed away and is now part of the story, which was NOT supposed to happen. Can they find the lost cat? Will Niko find it before Posh?
This book is a cute way to show a bit of sibling rivalry and competition. Although it is a picture book, it is told in mini chapters and sometimes uses a comic-book style. The pages are filled with color and the cartoonish illustrations will appeal to young readers. I love how Niko uses his imagination to have adventures. Perhaps this book will encourage readers to do the same. This book would appeal to readers approximately ages 3-7.
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