by Andrew Hammond
Published 01 Nov 2018
ARC provided by NetGalley
iLK is a Glubwark from the planet Glub and his dad has just invaded Earth.
iLK isn’t keen on being involved in the invasion, but his dad, BiLK, quickly decides that Earth is useless and hands the mantle of ‘Emperor of the World’, down to his son.
iLK becomes responsible for ruling Earth and soon grows to love it. So when he discovers his father isn’t interested in caring for the planet he is confronted with a difficult choice. How will iLK save Earth whilst also trying to fulfil the responsibilities assigned by his father?
Hammond’s hilarious story and illustrations will relate to both children and adults. iLK is growing up on his parent’s spaceship travelling from planet to planet. All he wants to do is care for his plants and survive his youth. All his parents want is for him to grow up and learn responsibility. His father and iLK share a lot of qualities that iLK is too young to accept, but as his mother says, “Like father, like son.”
His father has been assigned a task on Earth, and it is a task that he does not want to do, so he (really iLK’s mother) decides to put iLK in charge of Earth and determine if it should be destroyed. While on Earth, iLK learns that maybe responsibility and growing up isn’t such a bad thing after all, and that there is a lot of good on Earth. Unfortunately, his father does not want to hear these things.
Spacekid iLK is the first book in a series and I cannot wait to read the others when they are published. There are a lot of great characters in this graphic novel, but my favorite has to be the Y-bot. It is a robot that follows iLK around on the spaceship asking “why” to everything. I also especially love the moments of understanding between father and son, and mother and son, that help guide iLK to understanding that somethings are worth fighting for, even if that means standing alone.
Overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥