See You in the CosmosBy: Jack Cheng
Rating: 4 Star
Alex Petroski is a space-obsessed eleven year old who narrates his story via a series of recordings on his iPod.
He plans to launch this into space on a rocket so that aliens can one day learn what life is like on Earth.
His faithful companion is his dog Carl Sagan (named after the famous astronomer) and they are about to embark on the adventure of their lives, covering Colorado, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.
See you in the Cosmos follows Alex on twisting and turning journey that involves launching Rockets, eating Burgers at Johnny Rockets, meeting new friends, and trying to find his Dad (who he hasn't seen since he was really small).
Cheng does a really nice job of writing the book from Alex's perspective. The story is full of charming moments where Alex's unique viewpoint on any given situation can really make you smile.
This writing style also made particular scenes really quite moving when events unfold that Alex doesn't fully understand but does his best to explain to the ipod.
Some may not like the log entry format of the book but I'd encourage anyone who is put off at first to give it a few chapters; after a while I no longer noticed it at all.
I enjoyed this book just as much as 'A Boy Made of Blocks' so it gets a matching big thumbs up and 4 stars from me.