April 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2019
Fifty years since the moon landing and a new generation want to know all about it! Written in letters from Charlie Tanner, an enquiring eight year old and his enthusiastic and easily excitable hound Jasper to a Rocket Scientist, Jasper Space Dog is a clever mix of fun and facts. Charlie and Jasper’s letters raise many of the questions that everyone wonders about such as Is the moon made of cheese? and Is there a man on the moon and does he have a dog? The Rocket Scientist’s simple answers give the true scientific details in an easily accessible form. There’s much to enjoy as well as much to learn from this introduction to an important topic.
Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2019:
Jasper Space Dog by Hilary Robinson
Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons
Watership Down Gift Picture Storybook by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Big Cat by Emma Lazell
Mister Cleghorn's Seal by Judith Kerr
Wilderness by Mia Cassany
Jasper - Space Dog is the first in a series of hilarious stories about the ambitions of Charlie Tanner and his dog, Jasper.
Released to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, the story cleverly weaves facts about the space mission with hilarious ideas about space. In their quest, Jasper and Charlie consult space experts to see if Jasper might make history too.
In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
Hilary Robinson shared early drafts of the story with teachers and young readers in several UK primary schools:
“My favourite part of this story is that on Chapter 6 you have named it ‘One Small Step For a Dog’! Callais; “ Meenakshi, NOPA
“Jasper will engage both reluctant, emergent as well as enthusiastic and able readers because of the considerations that have been made to every aspect of literacy and production.” Sophie Robinson, English Lead, Huw Myddelton Primary School. Islington.
|Publication date:||4th April 2019|
|Publisher:||Strauss House Productions|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 1|
Hilary Robinson is an award winning radio producer and author of over 50 picture books. Awards include the 2016 Historical Young Quills Award for ‘Flo of the Somme.’ Radio credits include Private Peaceful for BBC Radio 2 and her series for Barry Humphries Forgotten Musical Masterpieces was listed as one of the top 30 artistic triumphs of 2016 by the Telegraph. Extracts from her book 'A Song For Will and the Lost Gardeners of Heligan' were read on BBC Radio 4. Follow her on Instagram here. Read a Q&A with the author here.More About Hilary Robinson