Kid’s Book Review: Space Detectives

Kid’s Book Review: Space Detectives

About the Book and Author

This is the first title in an imaginative and engaging series of mystery adventures set in space by writer Mark Powers and illustrator Dapo Adeola. The books will all be published by Bloomsbury. Book Two is soon!

Connor and Ethan are spending their summer holidays aboard the world’s first orbiting city, Starville (basically Beverley Hills in space!). The amazing space station is bursting with celebrities and the mega-rich. But Connor and Ethan are too busy selling ice cream to see the sights.

However, neither of our heroes can resist a mystery and when they discover the space station is hurtling on a collision course with the moon (eep!) they know they need to step in. This is a case for the SPACE DETECTIVES!

Space Detectives cover

Mark Powers has been making up ridiculous stories since primary school and is slightly shocked to find people now pay him to do it! He also writes using the name Mark Griffiths.

Spy Toys was a winner of the Fantastic Book Awards in 2018. The series consists of Spy Toys Undercover!  Spy Toys Out of Control!  Spy Toys Playtime is Over! (all illustrated by Tim Wesson)

Writing as Mark Griffiths: The Burp that Saved the World (illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie),  Geek Inc The Impossible Boy,  Geek Inc Technoslime Terror!  Space Lizards Ate My Sister! and Space Lizards Stole My Brain! all published by Simon & Schuster.

Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! – winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019. London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he’s not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of the Black diaspora.

Book Review

If you like mysteries and funny space creatures you will like this book

I liked the cover of this book. It was bright and the boys were whirling about in space and there was ice cream. I love ice cream!

Ethan and Connor are the names of the 2 space detectives. They live in Starville in space. There is a cool picture at the start of the book which shows you what it looks like. All through the story there are illustrations which are really good and show you what a Tufted Grotsnobbler and other space creatures look like.

Ethan and Connor are really clever and brave and manage to solve mysteries to keep everyone safe.

At the end of the book there is a quiz all about the book which was fun. I also liked that we got to read the next 2 chapters of the next book.
If you like mysteries and funny space creatures you will like this book.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Matthew
  • Age: 8 Years
  • Likes: Minecraft, lego and drawing
  • Dislikes: baked beans and screaming
  • Favourite Book: Bad Dad By David Walliams
  • Favourite Song: Savage Love by Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars