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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!