Book and Activities: Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
When Prez Mellows is forced to leave his grandfather (who keeps forgetting who he is) to go to the Children’s Temporary Accommodation, he becomes completely mute.
Luckily for Prez, he is taken in by the eccentric yet loving Blythe family on their chaotic farm. Their daily chores and obvious affection for one another help him to find some stability; however, Prez’ life is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Sputnik, a kilt-wearing, cigar-chomping alien in Prez’ eyes, yet somehow merely a scruffy stray dog of uncertain breed in everyone else’s.
Planet Earth is due to be destroyed by ‘Planetary Clearance’, and it is up to Sputnik, with Prez’ help, to prove Earth is worth saving (at first, he finds it a ‘very disappointing planet’!).
Written with wit and an imaginative delight in the unexpected, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth follows Sputnik and Prez on a series of unbelievable mishaps, scrapes and adventures, yet ultimately celebrates the importance of finding one’s home in a very big universe.
- Teaching notes