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. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
Spacesnake is a mean, terrifying machine set on destruction as it invades a community of meek and mild Asterians. Its dastardly deeds include scaring the daylights out of everyone with its “metal-scraping hiss-shaking roar.” However, the Spacesnake is distracted from its reign of terror by “the mouth-watering smells of goodies freshly baked.” Thinking the coast clear, our monster sheds his armor to better munch a cookie and is revealed as a cute and harmless runt. The Asterians are relieved, life returns to normal, and the Spacesnake is repentant and alone. Finally, one Asterian arrives and befriends our little serpent.
This book by newcomer Duncan Weller is chock full of madcap ideas and delightful surprises. For the astute reader, there are echos of a little boy’s imagination as he dreams of adventures in another galaxy.
The text of this humorous story is brimming with techno babble and pokes fun at our reliance on the latest gadgets for entertainment. The description of the “Interpets” is particularly amusing. The writing style is an effective mix of description and action. Even though many of the sentences are long, the writing generally flows well. There are, however, several awkward passages for the young reader as well as a storyteller in a read-aloud setting.
drawings are done in pen and ink with metallic highlights. The black
and white illustrations are filled with detail and contribute well
to the zany style of the story. The richness of each image sparks
the imagination, and the illustrations are as detailed as the text.
Rosemary Hollett is a teacher-librarian at St. Emile School in Winnipeg, MB.
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