The Space Train
Maudie Powell-Tuck and Karl James Mountford
Light years from Earth in a space station live Jakob, his robot chicken named Derek and his granny.
Jakob has made a discovery: in hangar 19 is, so he thinks, a huge abandoned rocket.
Granny knows otherwise. “It’s the Space Train,” she tells her grandson … “When I was little, the Space Train criss-crossed the universe on tracks of stardust visiting station after station –“.
Jakob’s excitement mounts as he thinks about all the places they might visit and potential friends he could discover if they fixed the train.
After a week of hard work,
riveting, welding, fixing and cleaning the train was finally ready. Tomorrow they would launch it.
Next morning however didn’t quite go to plan. A resounding BANG and sooty faces were the only outcomes when Jakob pulls the launch lever.
Jakob and Derek are ready to give up: not so Granny, so it’s back to look at the plans again.
Soon, they’re ready to give it another go and this time …
With its space setting, quirky characters, problem-solving, a plethora of flaps to explore as well as Jakob’s logs to study, this unusual story should please young readers, especially those with a liking for things mechanical. Karl’s zany, illustrations are packed with other-worldly paraphernalia, mechanical bits and pieces and the occasional alien. Love the colour palette and the nuts and bolts laying Derek.