Eudora Space Kid

The Great Engine Room Takeover

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
98 Pages
Reviewed on 08/07/2021
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Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover, written by David Horn and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, is a supersonically exciting sci-fi adventure for early readers, set in outer space on the AstroLiner Athena. Especially geared toward elementary school readers who are addicted to dreaming about outer space adventures, the book should appeal to youngsters from a wide range of cultures, as the beings who populate the AstroLiner world, though largely human in emotion, are anything but so in appearance. Eudora, who narrates this adventure, and her sister, Molly, are human kids who were adopted by Wilma Jenkins, a member of a lovable dog-like species named Pox, with “the softest fur of any mom” that Eudora knows, and Max Jenkins, who is a member of an octopus-like species from the planet Pow. Despite their outward features, both parents are human both in heart and mind, and such endearing souls that any young person should feel drawn to them from the very first pages, making the outer reaches of space an extremely welcoming place.

In David Horn’s Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover, the central heroine, Eudora, makes an outstanding female role model for any young child. With her math and science expertise, she truly is a whizz kid, who is forever trying to prove her worth to those around her. This inevitably lands her in hot water, whereupon she is sent to the brig (jail). Ironically this is actually her home as her mom, who is a lieutenant commander in the Astrofleet, runs the brig on the Athena. Many young girls reading the work will find it especially thrilling when Eudora sets out to prove herself, with her abundant supply of enterprise and sheer gusto for life. An exciting read that is quite different to the majority of early readers that one comes across, Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover is bound to win the hearts and minds of a new generation of readers, and we can only be pleased that this book is intended as the first in a series of similar works - bring on the rest!

Susan Sewell

A brilliant young girl creates havoc in space in the humorous children's science-fiction story Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover by David Horn. Eudora Jenkins is a normal kid who lives aboard the AstroLiner Athena, one of the ships belonging to the AstroFleet. The AstroFleet is the science and defense force that protects the Planetary Republic from evil aliens. Eudora may be young, but she is smart, and maybe a little too smart for her own good! After her class wins an essay contest, giving them access to the bridge, Eudora comes up with a plan to enhance the speed of the AstroLiner's engines. But first, she has to get past Captain Jax and Lootenant Londo. Will Eudora succeed? Or will she end up sitting alone in the Brig again?

Eudora Space Kid: The Great Engine Room Takeover by David Horn is a charming easy-reader for third-graders. Complete with engaging illustrations that are certain to delight and captivate younger readers, this book encourages children to explore the world of science fiction and fantasy in an exciting but safe story world. Eudora is exceptional when it comes to math and science, and wants to grow up and become a chief engineer of an AstroLiner, further inspiring children to reach for the stars and go after what they want. I enjoyed Eudora's sense of humor and precociousness: nothing will keep her down. Lighthearted and educational, this phenomenal book is the first in a series which promises to continue thrilling and charming young readers.

Rylanne Burdette

Eudora Space Kid by David Horn is an entertaining, laugh-out-loud elementary children’s book about Eudora, a third-grade student who lives on a spacecraft surrounded by her family and friends. She is constantly coming up with plans that get her into trouble among the officers and other staff on the space fleet. Eudora is a determined kid and wants to prove her worth to others, and sometimes that leads her to get a little in over her head. However, she comes out stronger in the end, especially when one of her daring escapades leads to her actually getting complimented by one of the captains, who she so desperately wants to work alongside someday!

David Horn wrote such a fun story with Eudora Space Kid, and it is sure to captivate children, making them fall in love with such a fantastic character like Eudora, who lives a crazy life aboard the spaceship among a great mix of humans and creatures from other planets. I loved reading this story and looking at the cute illustrations that appeared every few pages; they really brought the story to life and allowed me to better dive into it. Eudora Space Kid was an exciting adventure through space, and I’d love to see more of this world that Horn has created. For children who know how to read and are curious about exploring new and different worlds outside of their own, Eudora Space Kid by David Horn is the perfect book, and I cannot recommend it enough!

Rosie Malezer

The Great Engine Room Takeover is the first book in the Eudora Space Kid book series. Written by David Horn and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, it tells the tale of young Eudora Jenkins: a bright and talented young student who aspires to someday become Spaceship Athena's Chief Engineer. Eudora and her sister, Molly, were adopted by aliens as babies and remembered nothing about their life on planet Earth. But Eudora's ever-curious mind and determination to prove herself to the crew of Spaceship Athena led to many mishaps and accidents, and Eudora spent much time in the brig as a result. But one defining moment leads to a result which not even the ship's captain, Captain Jax, is prepared for.

Whilst I'm not much of a fan of science fiction, I found myself smiling throughout the wonderful tale of Eudora Jenkins and her determination to prove herself to all of her doubting peers. David Horn's delightful imagination, accompanied by the ever-so-talented art of Talitha Shipman, presents an incredible tale to demonstrate that if you never give up and continue to try hard, you can achieve almost anything. The Great Engine Room Takeover is a must-read for children who aspire to leave their mark in the world in an unforgettable and brilliant way, indeed one which has the world speaking their name in awe for generations to come. I loved the language used, something akin to Klingon-loving Star Trekkers, and the in-depth story behind young Eudora Jenkins was carefully woven and well thought out. I highly recommend The Great Engine Room Takeover to all readers aged 4-12 years of age and am very much looking forward to the second book in the Eudora Space Kid series.