Space boy and his dog / Dian Curtis Regan ; illustrations by Robert Neubecker.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: "Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he's always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot Radar and his dog Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh, who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko's story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat"
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      Sister is crossed out of the title and replaced with dog.
    • Other Titles:
      Space boy & his dog. Space boy and his sister dog.
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Booklist Reviews 2015 April #1

Spaceman Niko, his copilot Radar the robot, and his dog, Tag, pursue adventures in deep space. No matter what perils the intrepid crew face, every night they return to Planet Home, where Mom and Dad let them park their spaceship in the backyard. Niko is disgusted when his sister, Posh, who's not even supposed to be in the book, barges in on their latest mission: finding a lost cat. Posh manages to track down the cat, but Niko, in a jealous snit, abandons her on the moon. Then he relents and changes his mind and decides to rescue her after all. Posh, however, is determined to rescue herself, and everyone ends up safe back home in time for dinner. Large-font chapter headings telegraph upcoming action ("To the Moon!"), and Neubecker's illustrations are packed with exciting, cartoonish sci-fi details. Little kids will chuckle over Posh and Niko's squabbles, especially as they humorously distract from the adventure at hand. This lighthearted celebration of imagination will appeal to kids who love stories about intergalactic voyagers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall

[strike thru Sister in title]Space hero Niko and his dog are on a moon mission to find a lost cat. The illustrations show what's really happening: a pretend journey in a cardboard-box spaceship. They're joined by stowaway/sister Posh ("but she is not in this story"). Comical illustrations follow Niko's imagination, working in concert with the tongue-in-cheek text and making the relatively sophisticated structure easier to follow.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #3

Intrepid space hero Niko, who "lives on Planet Home with his dog, Tag, and his copilot, Radar," is on a mission to find a lost cat on the moon. That's what the narrator tells us, but the first few illustrations show what's really happening: a boy, his dog, and his toy robot are on a pretend journey in a cardboard-box spaceship (a "Lost Cat" sign on a neighborhood tree provides inspiration). The narrator matter-of-factly continues: "Niko's sister, Posh, lives on Planet Home, too. But she is not in this story." Despite Niko's best efforts to control the narrative, which is divided into eight brief chapters, persona-non-grata Posh inserts herself into the action by stowing away on her brother's spaceship. Filled with kid-pleasing details, Neubecker's comical illustrations give themselves over to Niko's imagination after blast-off and, until the end, are set in space or in a fantastic lunar landscape. The expressive art works in concert with Regan's tongue-in-cheek text, enriching the story and helping make its relatively sophisticated structure easier to follow. There's some drama when Niko, in a huff, abandons Posh on the moon ("Since Posh is not in this story, it is SO NOT FAIR that she found the missing cat"); his grand gesture to save Posh is rebuffed: "the lost sister refuses to be rescued." The final three pages bring everyone safely back to Planet Home in time for dinner. kitty flyn Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

PW Reviews 2015 February #4

Niko has an impressive space fantasy going, aided by a tricked-out cardboard-box rocket ship, his dog, his trusty robot toy, and Neubecker's vivid, comically earnest cartooning. But his sister, Posh, keeps trying to hijack the narration, despite Niko's admonition that "She is not in this story." Then Niko decides that maybe his sister, who has proved herself dismayingly competent, could have a role after all: damsel in distress, with Niko cast as the rescuing hero. "Now Posh is part of this story," he decides, only to discover that his leading lady won't cooperate. Dividing the story into eight chapterlike sections, Regan (Barnyard Slam) takes readers inside the head of a very imaginative child, honoring Niko's desire to control his story while affectionately spoofing it. It's a funny and fresh spin on sibling conflict that offers some downright philosophical musings on the notion of authorial autonomy: We may be able to imagine any story, but can we ever claim sole ownership? Don't our characters get a say, too? Ages 3–7. Author's agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. Illustrator's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Apr.)

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