The Story Shop: Blast Off!

The Story Shop: Blast Off!

By Author / Illustrator

Tracey Corderoy, illus Tony Neal



Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group




Paperback / softback




Looking for adventure?  Want to be a hero?  Step inside the Story Shop!  The Story Shop is packed full of plots, costumes and characters galore. And shopkeepers Wilbur and Fred are ready and waiting to find every customer their perfect adventure!

When a daredevil mouse visits the shop, Wilbur and Fred have just the thing - an out-of-this-world space mission! Join Space Mouse as he nibbles his way into trouble on the Moon, bets his tail on a game of Tiddlywonks with Phoebe Fairplay and causes chaos on Planet Cog with his over-the-top inventions...

From the acclaimed author of SHIFTY MCGIFTY comes a fresh, funny and highly illustrated new series of chapter books, celebrating the power of imagination. Designed for emerging readers with three linked stories in each book, THE STORY SHOP is perfect for fans of HOTEL FLAMINGO and KITTY.

See Also: The Story Shop: Anchors Away!The Story Shop: Dino Danger



The Story Shop - Blast Off! Comes with a warning… 'Contains aliens, black holes and super-stinky cheese!' is always going to grab an emerging reader's attention! This fun and adventurous story contains 3 mini stories which link on from each other. In a very normal High Street is the most unusual shop, a story shop! Packed full of props and plots, this shop leads the bravest of readers on an out-of-this-world space adventure. The first customer of the day is a small mouse (small in size, but a brave, skilled and boastful one at that!) Mouse has come to the shop for a story adventure; an awesome, amazing, incredible adventure that is out-of-this-world!

The shop owners, Wilbur and Ferret Fred, prepare the story pot with all the props the story will need, including a small, green alien, a jar of gooey yellow liquid, a dice, screwdrivers and lots of stinky cheese. Mouse is handed some (rather surprising) emergency supplies; biscuits, a toy shield and party poppers, and, after a quick stir, WHOOSH! and POP! and the adventurers were gone! What comes next is an addictive, humorous tale of daredevil Mouse and a cautious ferret who muddle their way through trouble with Gordon Zola on the moon, a tail-biting game of Tiddlywonks with Phoebe Fairplay, and some crazy inventions on Planet Cog.

This story is illustrated with black and white pictures which aid the reader in their understanding of the story. Many of the pages include differing fonts to emphasise speech, fear, excitement and sound effects. With its content, illustrations, contents page and text level, this is a brilliant text for all emerging readers and one that they will no doubt fully engage in. There's even a Story Shop quiz to take at the end to find out which adventure would best suit you. Will it be an abracadabra magical one, a shiver-me-timbers pirate adventure, a totally roarsome dinosaur one or an out-of-this-world space adventure?

144 Pages / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn 

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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