Book Review mentioning the Christian aspect of Space Ranger Fred

This is one of the first Book Reviews to mention the Christian message contained in the story.

Reviewed by Joyce McPherson for Readers’ Favorite


Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue by Matthew Newnham is a delightful early chapter book about Fred, who is almost seven years old. He is enlisted to help Zando Centauri, the space ranger from his favorite comic book. Fred has already earned the title “Space Ranger” in an earlier adventure. On this particular rainy day, Zando appears and whisks Fred away to a birthday party for the daughter of King Gandori, whom Fred has helped earlier.


Unfortunately, their spacecraft needs refueling, and during this delay they encounter an alien Quantaxian who needs help. The alien is a rough-looking creature with tattoos, and he has been stranded for three weeks because no one would help him. Zando is wary of him, but Fred insists that they help. In the end, Fred saves King Gandori once again when he arrives with the alien who is shipping PFLS’s which are exactly what the king needs to save the princess’s rainy party from ruin. If you would like to know what a PFLS is, you will have to read the book for yourself!


Newnham incorporates many fun details like Jupiter, Fred’s stinky dog, and Zando Centuri’s embarrassment when he discovers that the PFLS has already been invented on earth. The best part of the tale is the way Newnham incorporates the lesson of the Good Samaritan in an imaginative space story. The simple illustrations and text may even inspire young space rangers to take up their pens and create their own stories. I recommend Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue for early readers, reluctant readers, and wanna-be space rangers. An endearing early chapter book about space heroes, aliens, and helping others.

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PRESS RELEASE: Children’s Author Set to Raise $15,000 to blast a series of books about a 6 year old boy into orbit through crowdfunding


Matt Newnham WriterCrowdfunding campaign established to  provide for the production of the book — Space Ranger Fred and The Shoelace Adventure, as he is keen on turning it into a series of eight that kids would love



Children love to learn new things; they have an inbuilt drive to find and master new experiences, and that is one of the reasons parents and guardians introduce their young child to books and the exciting stories, adventures and ideas that they contain. Providing stimulating reading material for children, and reading aloud to young ones is one of the best ways to create a child that will be open to different ways of doing things and one who will succeed. With a burning desire to bequeath such of these materials to kids, and to allow them to explore the adventurous world in a fascinating way, Matthew Newnham, a passionate writer, wrote and launched the book —  Space Ranger Fred and The Shoelace Adventure.

3D-Book-Template1However, ever since the release of the book in December 2015, many parents and kids who got absorbed with the book’s content has been requesting Mr. Matt as he is fondly called, to turn the Space Ranger Fred and The Shoelace Adventure into a fantastic series. This reason made Matthew start a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo ( as he his keen on raising $15, 000 US Dollar to make the project a reality. He hopes to use  the fund to provide for the production of the next few book in series of eight, which kids would love.

One of the parents who bought the on Amazon shared his experience, “My son is almost five years old, and he is at a stage where he loves the galaxy, astronauts, and aliens. We spent nearly a week reading this story together around bedtime, and he loved it. The writing is easy for him to understand, and the story is engaging. Sometimes, when reading stories as a parent, the story becomes trivial and boring. Not with Fred… I was not able to guess the next sequence of events and my son loved the story. Even if you have a reader on your hands already, I think kids would enjoy the story on their own.”

Matthew provides an explanation of what the book entails and how children will benefit from it:

Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure is an exciting science fiction novel, ideal for elementary and middle school-aged children.

“In this thrilling adventure story, we meet Fred Sanders, a six-year-old boy. Fred’s biggest dream in life is to become an intergalactic space ranger. Out of boredom, Fred finds himself talking to his dog named Jupiter. He tells Jupiter that he wishes his comic book hero Zando Centauri was there to make things exciting. No sooner had he finished speaking when Zando Centauri arrives in a rocket ship, and Fred’s exciting intergalactic space odyssey begins. Fred flies off into outer space with Zando. The pair visit Jupiter for refueling and then travel on to the planet Jambori where Fred meets the aging Emperor Gandori and helps him with an important shoelace tying challenge,” Matthew explained.

004 (2)Space Ranger Fred and the shoelace adventure is the first in a series of books each with the same group of characters.  Space Ranger Fred and the Umbrella Rescue is currently being edited, Space Ranger Fred and the broken treasure map and Space Ranger Fred and the lost spacemen are all written and about to be edited.

“Spaceships, planets, galaxies, emperors, adventure..what’s not to love?! Fred is the master of shoelace tying; he even teaches the emperor of a foreign planet how to tie laces… that’s his sole share his talent and to show others. Helping others, and teaching others, is what this book is all about. Community and being proud of the small things, that to another may be not very small,” explained another parent who bought the book from Amazon.

For more information about Space Ranger Fred and The Shoelace Adventure crowdfunding campaign, and to make donations, visit

About Matt Newnham

Matt Newnham was born and educated in Sussex, England and fell in love with reading at a young age. Matt now lives and works as a freelance writer and author in Cape Town, South Africa with his teenage son, Sebastian and his love of reading has now turned into a passion for encouraging others to read through his writing.


Matt Newnham

Telephone: +27 (0) 81 708 2166

Twitter: @mattnewnhamZA

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Shoelaces tied… thanks to my book!

BOOK REVIEW: Space Ranger Fred and the Shoelace Adventure, by Matthew Newnham

Is your child learning how to tie their shoelaces? Then this might be a delightful little treat for them.
Space Ranger Fred is a little boy called on to help the famous Zando Centauri on a vitally important mission – to help Emperor Gandori. The problem? The people on Gandori’s planet have never used shoelaces, and he has a new pair of shoes with them that he needs to learn how to tie! Fred to the rescue!
This is a fun read – though perhaps a little long for younger readers to enjoy at a single bedtime reading, but with six chapters it makes a great read at a chapter a night across a week.
My stepson, Dylan, who is six, enjoyed it in two sittings, even though it had to contend with his favourites such as If I Ran The Zoo and The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet. He didn’t quite engage with the first two chapters, but once the mission he was under way, he loved it. His review is in the video below.
Will Fred complete his mission and get back home to his pet dog, Jupiter? Read and find out!
And the bonus? Dylan tied his first shoelace by following the instructions in the book. Result!

Read the full review here

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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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