Whenever I sneak a look at the top ten most borrowed books in the school library, there’s one book that always features. You Choose by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Nick Sharratt is that dream of a book: children can read it over and over again, huddled around its pages with their friends, changing the narrative each time, reinventing the story in multiple ways, daydreaming their future. After a while, there is even a comforting familiarity about the illustrations. Just this week, some Year 3 pupils were going through the book making choices based on how much money their character had! So, it was with open arms that I embraced the new title, You Choose in Space. Whether it’s which alien you would befriend, what mode of transport you would use, or which freaky food you’d eat for your space snacks, the book has everything for a fun-filled interactive space adventure. Just as the original, the pages are packed with vibrant, colourful, happy images, giving full boost to any child’s imagination. It’s amazing to think that the original premise was rejected by publishers – for many children, You Choose has been their introduction to books. So, to turn the world on its head, I didn’t ask readers what they would choose in space, I asked Pippa and Nick. Here, are their choices for You Choose in Space:
Nick and I are actually pictured in the space craft coming in to land on Planet Pick-and-Mix. Search carefully, and you’ll spot us!
If I had all those choices to choose from when we came down to land, I think I’d mostly go for blue things. Why? Because blue is my favourite colour. I’d pick the blue bobbed hair to wear.
Nick: I’d choose the blue and orange hair and the Saturn top.
Pippa: A blue iced donut to eat.
Nick: It has to be the rainbow jelly for me.
Pippa: I’d very much like to meet the smiley blue alien with knobs on her head who rides a scooter and makes blue sandcastles from soft blue sand. I think she would make a fun friend.
Nick: I think the tall alien with the spike on the top of his head looks like he’d be nice and friendly.
Pippa: I’d also like to try and spy a duckafly from all the strange animal things as I fly by in one of those big baskets with wings.
Nick: My favourite is the horse bird.
Pippa: I’d very much like to ride on a pink-powered orange space hopper. Why? Because space hoppers were a new toy here on Earth when I was about ten, and I got one for my birthday, and I hopped and hopped on it again and again. If it had that added pink zoom power I could hop it higher into the sky, and maybe even fly into space and explore all those other planets.
Nick: I had a space hopper too! But I’m going for the rollercopter.
With huge thanks to Pippa and Nick for taking time out of their busy writing and illustrating schedules to read their book with me. What would you choose? Go into space and make your own choices here.