Watch This Space: Out to Launch by Colin Thompson
Random House Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781742756202
(Age: 10+) Highly recommended. Out To Launch is the first in a new series which will foreseeably be every bit as popular as Colin's previous bestsellers. With his very recognisable acerbic wit and uncanny ability to pinpoint the most laughable and ridiculous aspects of popular culture, Colin's newest comic offering puts the spotlight on reality TV shows with superb results.
Billionaire entrepreneur Radius Limpfast is the most successful creator of reality tv shows in history but is never content to rest, always seeking more spectacular attention on his programs. Then one night, after a particularly creative bacon curry, Radius dreams up the ultimate reality show.
He intends to send an ordinary family to the moon to live in a huge glass dome where they will be watched by the entire world. Sounds incredible doesn't it? Amazing even!! What a concept it is for the ultimate in reality television and all planned to the last detail. Nothing could possibly go wrong.
Except for choosing a family that is not really the 'ideal' for the project (The Contrasts: Stark, Laura, Primrose, Jack and Crumley the dog) with the throw in of a 'fake' granny, Apricot. And except for cutting corners on costs for essentials like a reliable rocket transport and a suitably protective glass dome dwelling. And except for underestimating the skills of 14 year old girls and elderly ladies. And more! Boys and girls from around 10 up, plus those of us who relish Colin's very particular sense of humour will be very excited about this new series. The second instalment In the Pink is already in the works and who knows how many more to come?
Highly recommended for readers from Middle Primary to Lower Secondary.