Eudora Space Kid

The Lobster Tale

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
90 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale by David Horn is the second book in this fun and amazing adventure series designed for early chapter book readers. An adopted child of benign aliens, Eudora is a human third-grader who lives on a 36-deck Astroliner named Athena where she has lived her whole life. Athena helps them explore the galaxy and defends the Planetary Republic from evil aliens. Eudora’s dad has a laboratory full of aquariums, including lobster tanks that are famous on the ship. The ship’s Chef Franklin has asked Eudora’s dad for some lobsters for the annual New Year’s Grand Dinner Buffet. Of course, this is met by a resounding no. But Chef Franklin is determined to find a way to get to those lobsters. On top of that, the Qlaxons, the Planetary Republic’s biggest and most evil enemy, are threatening to attack. Will Eudora and her best friend Arnold be able to save the lobsters and prevent the Qlaxons from launching an attack?

Eudora’s adventures bring a smile to a readers’ face. Every page is filled with hilarity and funny moments that your young reader will giggle at upon reading them. Children and adults can expect to join Eudora and her friends on an adventure that inspires. Moreover, Eudora Space Kid is an excellent teaching tool, especially these days when most children are schooled at home. It is ideal for engaging emergent and early chapter book readers as well as young ESL learners to hone their competencies in reading and comprehension. On top of that, David Horn has created a role model character in Eudora. This series teaches values of friendship, perseverance, family, and diversity. Space adventure complemented with clean humor makes Eudora Space kid a fun read that both children and parents can sit and read together.

Joe Wisinski

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale by David Horn is a children’s fantasy/sci-fi book. The protagonist, third-grader Eudora, lives on a spaceship. She’s a whiz in math and science with the ambition to become a spaceship’s chief engineer. But she also likes to use her skills to play tricks on the spaceship’s crew and often gets in trouble. Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, rescue some lobsters from being eaten at a buffet but face consequences for their actions. Meanwhile, the book’s antagonists are planning an attack on the spaceship. The rescue of the lobsters and the planned attack on the spaceship intertwine, but I won’t go further into what happens so as to not reveal the ending. This book is the second one in the Eudora Space Kid series. It is illustrated by Deven Hoover.

I enjoyed reading Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale by David Horn. The book is believable, funny, and appealing. Although Horn doesn’t say what ages this book is intended for, the protagonist is a third-grader, and children of that age or slightly older or younger would like it and identify with Eudora and Arnold. The book is written in a light-hearted way with many plays on words, and Horn uses third-grade humor effectively for the age group for whom he is writing. Children of the target age will be able to easily understand the plot and will root for the main characters. The illustrations by Deven Hoover are well done, match the text perfectly, and add to the enjoyment of the story. I recommend this entertaining tale to parents and their children who are about the protagonist’s age.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, are space kids. They live on a spaceship. In fact, they’ve never lived anywhere else other than on the spaceship. Eudora might be in Grade Three, but she is a bit of a math, science, engineering genius and it’s her genius spark that often gets her into trouble. For example, she knows her way in and out of the computer lab, the place she calls the gut room. And, she’s good at reprogramming the computers, as she does before the two children venture onto the bridge to observe the battle training exercise. When the captain yells, “Red Alert,” the training exercise begins with a hip-bouncing tune, “Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,” to inspire people onto a dance floor, not into an intergalactic space battle. Eudora may think she’s funny, but the captain and others on the bridge don’t.

David Horn’s early chapter book, Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale, is the second book in the series. With a great sense of humor, this easy read will entertain young readers and encourage them to continue on their reading journey. There will be lots of laughter while the reader follows Eudora’s tricks as she manages to find herself in all kinds of trouble, spending after-school time in the ship’s brig. The illustrations are clever and help move the story forward. There is lots of dialogue and the young reader will instantly feel a part of the story. The young reader will remain engaged and fascinated right to the end, waiting for Eudora to finally redeem herself after her multitude of hilarious pranks. A great read for young readers.

Kristine Zimmerman

Eudora Space Kid, Book 2: The Lobster Tale by David Horn is a great choice for early readers just getting into chapter books. Eudora Jenkins and her best friend Arnold are third graders who happen to live on the Astroliner Athena. Eudora is a math and science whiz and has a knack for getting into some tricky situations. Eudora's adoptive dad is an alien who looks like an octopus; he is the science officer on the ship. One of the animals her dad studies is lobsters. One day Eudora finds out that there are plans to serve the lobsters at the New Year's Grand Dinner Buffet. Eudora is determined to save the lobsters from becoming someone's meal! Will she and Arnold succeed in saving them?

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale is a fun, easy chapter book filled with adventure, aliens, and laugh-out-loud humor. The chapters are short, and the action is non-stop, a perfect combination for new readers. David Horn has created some interesting alien characters with animal-like features. The black and white illustrations by Deven Hoover are filled with clever details and highlight the action in the story. I loved the picture of the lobster races. Eudora is a smart, creative girl who challenges the adults around her. It's nice to see a strong female character who loves math and science and has dreams of becoming the captain of the Astroliner one day. Kids who enjoy space and humor will devour The Lobster Tale, the latest installment in the Eudora Space Kid series.

Pikasho Deka

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale by David Horn is an adventure set in space. Third-grade kid, Eudora Jenkins, loves to crawl around the vents with her best friend Arnold aboard the AstroLiner Athena, an interplanetary space vessel from the AstroFleet of the Planetary Republic. On top of being a science prodigy, Eudora is also a mischief-monger, constantly getting herself and Arnold into trouble with her pranks. With her adept engineering skills, no place on the spaceship is out of her bounds. However, when she learns that Chef Franklin is trying to put her beloved lobsters on the buffet table, Eudora is determined to save them. But as she and Arnold try to accomplish their mission, the Qlaxons -- enemies of the Planetary Republic -- attack.

A fun-filled sci-fi adventure for children, Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale is an absolute joy to read. Complemented by some eye-catching illustrations, author David Horn's entertaining novella is a blast from start to finish and feels like a must-read for kids. The narrative follows Eudora, an engineering prodigy who loves to pull pranks aboard the AstroLiner Athena, to the chagrin of the adults. The plot moves at a breakneck pace, and you find yourself deeply immersed in Eudora's and Arnold's adventures. I gobbled it up in one sitting. What adds to the fun are quirky characters who pop out of the pages. They are vibrant, with colorful personalities, making them all the more enjoyable. I had a wonderful time reading Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale. Recommended to preteens.