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To start with, their Star Nav is malfunctioning. And they probably shouldn't have stopped at the Death Banana to ask for directions. But despite these — and many other — setbacks, the crew of crazy creatures is determined to complete their mission.
So, under the guidance of Commander Moose — chaotically assisted by Beaver, the engineer; Squirrel, the nut expert; Fox, the poultry officer; Badger, chief of security; Owl, the chief navigator; and Duck MD, the medical officer — Super Stealth Covert Cruiser 704 of the Forest Fleet limps on across space, lurching from one catastrophe to another.
This is not so much a story to read as a book to explore. Every page is filled with incident, dialogue and mind-blowing detail. Star Wars, Lost in Space and Star Trek are all acknowledged and adult fans will have just as much fun poring over the pages as the kids. Crazy, zany, wonderfully inventive, this is another masterpiece of mayhem from the hugely talented creator of Weasels.
Title: Nuts in Space
Author/Illustrator: Elys Dolan
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2014
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book