Space Dog and the Space Egg; Space Dog Goes to Planet Purrgo
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Space Dog and the Space Egg
Illustrated by Sue Heap
I had not read any Space Dog books before and my initial reaction was dismissive: they struck me as rather silly and inconsequential, featuring as they do, a spotty 'Space Dog' and his galactic friends and enemies. It was only after reading the books aloud that I began to appreciate the sense of drama (deriving, no doubt, from Vivian French's work in children's theatre). The stories unfold largely through dialogue and though not designed for reading aloud they need that 'voice in the head' which is so characteristic of new solo readers.
Heap's visual interpretations of the likes of Star Rock Four, the Woopers and the tube worms are as playful as the words themselves and are scattered in abundance throughout the 48 pages.