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The Great Rocket Robbery

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Written by: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Illustrated by: Steven Lenton
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Laika and her fellow street dogs are being trained up for the greatest adventure in history – a trip to the moon! But they can’t wait to see the stars – so they hatch a plan to get there all on their own…

Destination: adventure in this uplifting tail of exploration from the award-winning author of Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the moon.

Click on the image below to take a sneak peek at a few pages from The Great Rocket Robbery:

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Reviews from Toppsta

“We really enjoyed this book. It was fun to hear a story told by a dog! The story was fast-paced and exciting. The dogs had lots of adventures with funny outcomes and we learnt about the importance of loyalty. There were lovely messages throughout the story in bold print which gave us something to think about. We would recommend this story to animal lovers and people who enjoy a funny story.” – Read to three children aged 6,9 & 10

“A nice mix of fact and fiction as we follow Laika, the first dog in space but was the story quite as simple as reported at the time? This book is narrated from Laika’s perspective and it seems she wasn’t put in space by the Russians to never return, oh no she stole a rocket and lived a long long life in which to tell the tale. A great little story for any child with a passing interest in space and which can also translate to learning about the “real” Laika. Fab illustrations from Steven Lenton just add to the fun.” – Read to a child aged 7

“Loved this atmospheric story of a stray dog’s search for home..loads to talk about and enjoy with children – would be brilliant for any class studying space.  A very decent length of story here for a WBD book and is a brilliant lead in to reading Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth which is very funny. Steven Lenton’s illustrations are very appealing and the short chapters will make this very accessible to KS2 children of all abilities.” – Read to a library group aged 7 to 12

“I really enjoy books with animals in, and I really liked that the story was told by the dog, it made it more interesting, than if it was just told from a person’s point of view. I liked the adventure in the story, and parts of it really made me laugh, such as when 2 dogs climbed into the spacesuit to make it look like a human walking.” – Read by a child aged 9

“Brilliant, hilarious and exciting! This book has been written by a dog! It is extremely funny and a must read particularly if you like dogs. The first chapter of the book introduces us to the life of a dog and how they see things differently. I laughed out loud as I read this and smiled through most of the chapters because of the funny dog antics. Read it, you will not be disappointed.” – Read by a Teacher

You can read more for The Great Rocket Robbery over on Toppsta

    About the Author

    Frank Cottrell-Boyce

    Frank Cottrell-Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He is also the author of CosmicFramed, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth and three Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth was shortlisted for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal and selected for the inaugural W H Smith Tom Fletcher Book Club. Frank is a judge for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition and, along with Danny Boyle, devised the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He has written for the hit TV series Dr Who, and is a screenwriter for feature films, including his own Millions, The Railway Man and the award-winning Goodbye Christopher Robin.

    Twitter: @frankcottrell_b

    About the Illustrator

    Steven Lenton

    Steven Lenton is originally from Congleton in Cheshire, where his family run a pom-pom factory, but he now splits his time between Brighton and London, where he works from his shared studio. Steven is the illustrator of the Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam series (Nosy Crow), The Nothing to See Here Hotel (Simon & Schuster), illustrates David Baddiel’s fiction, as well as picture books with Elli Woollard.

    Twitter: @StevenLenton
    Facebook: @StevenLentonIllo
    Instagram: @steven_lenton