5 Star Book Review

Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite

Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue is a children’s book written and illustrated by Matt Newnham. Six-year-old Fred Sanders is the youngest Space Ranger in the universe. As he looks out from his bedroom window into the pouring rain, Fred smiles as he remembers his most recent awesome adventure in which he had assisted one of his favorite Space Rangers, Zando Centauri. Looking down at his dog, Jupiter, sleeping on his bed, Fred feels the familiar shudder of Zando’s space rocket as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Quickly pulling on his Space Ranger suit, Fred watches as Zando disembarks from the space rocket, carrying an umbrella. Fred is invited to a special surprise birthday party for Emperor Gandori’s daughter. On their way to the party, Fred and Zando perform an unexpected rescue, which not only results in a surprise extra guest, but also saves the party from an unforeseen disaster.

The excitement and humor which carried throughout Matt Newnham’s adventurous children’s book was an absolute delight, as were the illustrations which were so bright and colorful. I could not help but laugh out loud at some of the weird and wonderful names which Zando Centauri came up with for everyday devices used on Earth, such as umbrellas, windshield wipers and buckets. Whether or not the adventure was real or imagined by the child, the fable-like story line was quite heartwarming. Refusing to rescue somebody because they might possibly be from a part of space where people were not popular is typical of stereotyping and racial profiling. It reminded me of a story which I’d heard as a child, titled The Good Samaritan, when it was pointed out that everybody needs help, even if they are a stranger to us. Kindness and common sense prevailed, both of which reaped their own rewards. Whilst Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue is an adventure book filled with imagination, it equally carries vital lessons in life about being selfless, helping others, and not judging a book by its cover. I wholeheartedly enjoyed Matt Newnham’s space antics and recommend this book to be read at story time to children aged 4-7 years of age, or as a read-it-yourself book for early readers.

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5 Star Review for Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure

5sbFor what it is worth, I enjoyed the story immensely. There is something about a children’s tale, with all its purity and innocence, that makes for a refreshing take from the works meant for adults. And this particular work contains that singlemost desired trait in all children’s literature:

It was written for children to encourage them to read, and it managed to convince me that the author meant exactly this – no strings attached. It was written foremost with the author’s own children in mind (as I am led to believe from the dedication page), and the injection of hope in so very few words and in such a simplified form positively bursts at the seams with what could only have been every loving emotion mined from the depths of the author’s heart. I hesitate to call it love, for love for one’s children is broad and universal. What I will call it is soul. And this story has plenty of it, more than enough to spare and share. Read More…

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5 Star Review for Space Ranger Fred

5sbHow many of us feel that we don’t have much going for us? Sure, we are masters of completing mundane tasks, such as tying our shoelaces, but can we save a planet? Or a universe?

What if a king, an emperor, an experienced and gifted leader, actually needed our small talent to save the day? Wouldn’t we feel like a lot more than just two cents?

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A simple review is all it takes – have you reviewed Fred yet?

for promorevSpace Ranger Fred has received another positive review. This time on Goodreads (duplicated on Amazon) and every review helps, even if it just reads “I liked it”

This is the latest review, there are another 5 reviewers reading Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure as I write this post. Have you read Space Ranger Fred?  Did you enjoy it?  Have you written a review on Amazon?

Reviews are like income for an author, the more reviews their are the higher up the Amazon ranking the book will climb. 50 Reviews is something that Amazon notice, so if you have read it why not help get the book noticed?

You can get the book on eBook for just 99c on Amazon.com and 99p on Amazon.co.uk


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Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue

fredalone crop1When a cargo ship crashes on one of Saturn’s moons Space Ranger Fred and Zando Centauri come to the rescue.

In one sentence this sums up the next Space Ranger Fred book. With the same characters from Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure the book is just as much fun and has a powerful moral message.  Doing the right thing when others won’t, can’t or don’t is what Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue teaches and the fun book makes it an easy lesson to teach and learn.

Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue is due for release in early August 2016 and will followed shortly after by Space Ranger Fred and the Tick Tock Tale in September.

If you have not read the first book, Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure get your copy today and you will be eager to get your hands on the next book in this fun series.


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World Book Day – Win one of 5 signed copies of Space Ranger Fred

world-book-dayIt’s World Book Day on 23rd April 2016, a day where every author should be celebrated and every author should encourage someone to pick up a copy of a book and read.  Literacy is important and that means books are important and so are those who write them. Let’s get people reading…


Fotor011481311There are 5 signed copies of “Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure”  up for grabs for 5 lucky winners.

To win simply visit Space Ranger Fred on Facebook – like the page and share it using #SpaceRangerFred




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