Spaceheadz Save the World
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This issue's cover illustration by David Wyatt is from C J Busby's Cauldron Spells (978 1 8487 7085 0, £5.99 pbk). Thanks to Templar Publishing for their help with this March cover.
Jennifer, Bob and the hamster Major Fluffy, the Spaceheadz who love to talk in advertising slogans, return in this new adventure. They meet up with Michael K, the first human schoolboy to sign up as a Spacehead. Unfortunately, at 2000, membership falls a long way short of the 3 million needed to stop the Earth from being shut down. The trio is still doing a terrible job of being inconspicuous and Agent Umber is still bumbling around, occasionally dressed as a chicken. And so begins another whacky and bizarre novel.
This book represents the brave new world of multi platform storytelling which proved popular with the media-literate readers of the previous title. Action can be followed up on live websites and yes, Spaceheadz really does have its own Facebook community even though this book is aimed at 7+ readers.
Action is rapid, as befits the modern world of mobile and social media communications. Only short attention spans are needed in order to access the plot (which is simple) and a wide range of settings. The incomplete sentences and disconnected ideas seem to hold most appeal for reluctant readers, boys in the 7-9 age range or anyone who just likes to laugh while they read.
Suffice it to say, without adding a spoiler, that the final showdown involves a large doughnut and a Year 1 production of Little Red Riding Hood as Spaceheadz recruitment goes through the roof. You need to read it (and preferably be seven-years-old) to understand it.