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Memorable mix of fun and Viking facts
February 2020 Book of the Month
Charlie Tanner’s dog Jasper thinks he’s descended from Viking dogs and is determined to find out more. This sparks a series of very funny letters from Charlie to the curator at the local Viking museum, in which Charlie poses questions from Jasper. In fact, questions and answers tell us lots about Viking life and the unusual and ingenious presentation makes it all extremely readable and accessible. A great way to learn about the Vikings. Jasper has explored space for readers too, and it looks he has more adventures to come, which is good news.
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Working alongside literary consultants and Viking experts, Hilary Robinson fuses established facts with belly laugh ideas about life as a Viking. We learn that Vikings were keen skiers as well as boat enthusiasts, that wireless technology Bluetooth is named after the Viking leader Harald Bluetooth and that Vikings were rather fond of bleaching their hair!
Told in the form of letters, Charlie Tanner and his dog Jasper want to help the local Viking Museum attract more visitors amidst rumours a Roman Museum might be opening in Bogna. But the mission has Jasper questioning his own heritage.
Through Jasper’s enquiring mind and Charlie Tanner’s diligence, the series allows young readers to engage with a range of topics in a unique and fascinating way.
Future titles will see Charlie Tanner and Jasper find out about Everest, Eco Living and more.
Closing date: 06/04/2020
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.
This book is informative yet entertaining as the use of humour enables it to interest all readers. Full review
A really good book with lots of interesting facts for boys and girls. It was also really funny and easy to read. Full review
A quick fun read! This book would be great for children in Year 2 or 3, who are learning about the Vikings in their History lessons. Full review
I really enjoyed this book - it was funny and also had lots of facts about Vikings and how they lived. I think my friends would like it too as we have been learning about Vikings at school. Full review
Praise for Jasper: Space Dog:
“A clever mix of fun and facts…. there’s much to enjoy as well as much to learn from this introduction to an important topic” Julia Eccleshare
|Publication date:||19th February 2020|
|Publisher:||Strauss House Productions|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
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