Title: The Space Race
Author: Liz Butler
Illustrator: Kate Gallagher
Category: Children’s Fiction
My Rating: 5/5
Meet Cat and Dog, two fiercely competitive characters who fight like only cats and dogs can! The Space Race is a story about the extra-terrestrial adventures of Cat and Dog as they compete in the ultimate challenge – a race to the moon – to prove once and for all who is the best.
But who will win? Who will be left to wear the pants of shame upon their head? And can an old dog (or cat) learn new tricks?
There’s something genuinely magical about reading a children’s story when written in rhyme. Perhaps it’s because I can’t write poetry and am in total awe over those writers who can? Or maybe it whisks me back to my own childhood when books like The Space Race brought such simple pleasures.
Butler has taken the battle between cats and dogs – evident in all the cartoons I used to watch as a kid – and turned it into a delightful tale of unlikely friendships and unity. The big and bold illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the story.
There’s a mild humour running through the narrative that will delight youngsters and make reading time fun for any adults who also get to read along. I would pitch The Space Race at 5-9-year-olds but the younger end of this scale would enjoy the story more.
This delightful children’s book is worthy of any home (or stocking filler).
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About the Author:
Liz Butler released her debut children’s storybook, The Space Race, on Monday 28th October. She works in education and has previously attended creative writing courses due to her passion for writing. Children inspire her imagination and creativity, and with two young children of her own, Liz loves nothing more than settling down with an excellent storybook and letting their (and her) imaginations run wild!