Review: Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre


Astra’s family are all snoring in their sleeping pods, but Astra is WIDE AWAKE. With her friend, Pilbeam, she goes off exploring and soon finds out the ship is in deep trouble. It’s been knocked off course and invaded by a gang of Poglites, an alien salvage crew searching for spoonage.

But even the Poglites need Astra’s help when they discover something far more sinister lurking in the canteen. Sure, they’re cakes; but no one would describe them as sweet.

Another splendiferous adventure from dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.


This is the next book from Team Reeve & McIntrye, a dream team in my mind, where we leave the world of Seawigs and venture into outer space.  We follow Astra and her family as they sail away with many other families to a new home across the galaxy.  They have to be put to sleep for the journey and the ship is run by robots and gadgets while they slumber.  However, just before she goes to bed, Astra’s tummy gets the better of her and she asks the food machine for the best cake ever. EVER.  Astra is awoken early, while everyone sleeps, to a mess of baked goods attacking the ship and each other and it’s up to her and her friendly robot chum, Pilbeam, to save the ship and the sleeping people before everything gets out of hand.

Another champion of a book from Philip & Sarah that is a wonder for the eyes and the mind.  The stunning artwork blends effortlessly with the words and the whole story becomes complete because of how well they work together and then leap off the page.  I missed the Sea Monkeys at first, but soon Pilbeam stole my heart as being the plucky friend they whizzes around helping Astra.

I really liked the Space theme for this book and think the idea of crazed monster-like cakes, batten bergs, sponges and tarts is genius.  Though it did make me very hungry and in need of cake; lots of cake.  I hope this book does just as well as Oliver and the Seawigs because the Team of Philip and Sarah seems to work so well and has given both author and artist a chance for their other previous works to reach a new audience.  

Cakes in Space weaves magic and buttercream into the minds of every reader and I can’t wait for another book from Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre.  

Published by OUP and is available online and in bookshops from September 2014

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