by Cook Cutlery, guest reviewer
Title: George’s Secret Key to the Universe
Author: Lucy and Stephen Hawking
# of pages: 295
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Summary: It all starts one day when George was going to feed his pet pig, Freddy, that he got on Christmas one year and found that Freddy was missing. Thus begins the search for him which ends in this old abandoned house. George meets Eric who lives in the house with his daughter, Annie, and he shows him Cosmos, the most powerful computer in the world. Before Eric can show George what Cosmos can do, he has to swear not to tell anyone about it. George is dumbfounded by what he sees Cosmos do. Then the next day by mistake George tells his teacher Dr. Reeper (nice name huh?) about Cosmos which then leads to many other problems.
- The main ideas of the story such as George trying to find his pet pig, or helping Annie find her missing father that got lost and George trying to win the science fair at his school so he can get a computer, something he has always wanted.
- The illustrations drawn by Gary Parson are very cute. I like the style and the kids look like how I pictured they would look.
- The scientific picture files that are through out the book that talked about astronomy such as the planets, stars, and black holes.
- The little sideline summaries that are scattered throughout the book. They talk about science and the universe. For example: what is a comet?
- The way Ringo and his boys act. I know I'm not supposed to like them, but I thought they were really mean because at some parts they would chase George home or they would take stuff of his when he wasn’t looking. I'd hate it if someone did that to me.
- Mr. Reeper, who wants to use Cosmos for evil. Not my favorite character by any stretch of the imagination. He wants to use Cosmos to gain control of the universe so that he can become king of the universe. No Noble Peace Prize for him!
- That Eric doesn’t believe George when George tries to tell him that the letter he got about a place that could support the human race was actually from his evil teacher, Graham Reeper (Dr. Reeper).
Rating: I would give this book 3 out of 5 treasure chests. It was a good book. I enjoyed it a lot.
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