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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson

Review - Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson

Bertie is NOT looking forward to spending the summer holidays on stinky Long Bottom Farm. But things take an interesting turn when he encounters Nugget, the alien chicken. Nugget’s mission is to find the Earth’s most important resource and transport it back to Nurgle 7, and he needs Bertie’s help. But what could the Earth’s most valuable resource be, and can they find it in time to stop the Nurgles exterminating the Earth?!

Is it a silly book about an alien chicken threatening to destroy the earth or a sweet book about understanding emotions and how we feel?

Well, it's Jenny Pearson so it easily manages to be both!

Bertie has been sent to his uncle's farm while his mum goes on holiday to America. He's not keen on this idea, because farms are smelly and boring, but that's before he meets a talking alien that has accidentally taken the form of a chicken due to a slight misunderstanding upon landing. Now Bertie only has until the end of the day to find earth's most valuable resource or the whole planet will be destroyed!

Cue a hilarious and heart-warming mission to find earth's most valuable resource while stuck in a muddy and smelly farmyard. Bertie and the Alien Chicken smoothly turns into a discussion around feely-things, intangible things like loneliness, dreams and happiness provide some fascinating insights into what makes us human and how to understand our feelings, something that I'm sure will work well in many classrooms and for bedroom stories. 

A sweet, funny and thoroughly engaging book from Barrington Stoke, the industry experts at creating short, accessible books perfect for reluctant readers, people with reading difficulties or anyone who just wants to dip into a short, easy to read book.

Bertie and the Alien Chicken by Jenny Pearson is published on 5 January 2022 by Barrington Stoke.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.



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