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Rebecca's World: Journey to the Forbidden Planet Paperback – 15 May 1986

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Product details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (15 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099463903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099463900
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 11 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca's World: Journey to the Forbidden Planet

This is a book which cries out for a re-print! I was given a copy of Rebecca's World when I was eight, and I loved it so much that I never wanted it to come to an end. Sadly, I lost the book many years ago and only recently came across an affordable copy. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to buy it.

Rebecca is a wonderful character, one that is instantly recognisable to any child, or adult, who during a boring holiday wishes they were off having a fabulous adventure elsewhere. Rebecca finds that her wish is swiftly granted when she plays with a telescope in her father's study. Magically she is transported to a different world.

The friends that Rebecca makes during her adventures are delightful: a superhero in a threadbare costume and with a rather un-heroic physique, a man with an endless layer of coats and the most painful feet in the world, and finally, a spy who is inept with disguises and not terribly good at spying. They make a great team. As do the villains and the monsters that appear, thanks to Terry Nation's creativity with both. Some of them can be quite disturbing due to the excellent illustrations by Larry Learmonth that accompany the text. The tongue twister monster in particular is very creepy, perhaps more so to me as an adult than when I was a child.

While there are traditional aspects to the story they are expressed in an inventive way, an encounter with the Bad Habits, for example, they don't detract from the overall inventiveness and imagination.
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By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2000
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This was the first book i ever read, and really enjoyed at the same time. That was 11yrs ago. I have just recently bought it, and it still is a cracking read. I recommend this book to anyone who needs, or wants to take up reading again, of if u want your children to start reading, instead of playing on thwere computer consoles, and surfing the net! Just sit back and enjoy the tale of rebecca and her newly found friends, grisby, a sore footed grumbler, captain 'k', a wimpish super hero, and kovac, an undercover spy (! )...
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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 2000
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I read this book when very young, and recently ordered it specially from a bookshop because I could still remember it, 10 years later. The scenes in this book are magical and eerie, the sort of things you might have dreampt about one night and remembered tiny, vivid pieces about it for the rest of your life. Now I read this book again I see hidden messages in the story that went unnoticed when I was younger, which makes this book a joy to read for people of all ages with imagination and sentimentality.
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i have read rebecca's world to hundreds of six to ten year olds in the last twenty years and every time i read the book it seems to be the perfect story. a comic fantasy with a serious environmental subtext.
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Rebecca's World is written by Terry Nation. The book is about a little girl named Rebecca. She was sucked into her father's telescope and found herself in a scientist's lab. She left the lab and found a strange world. That was when she met Grisby, a green friendly creature. Then she met Kovak - an outwork spy and was saved by a super hero called Captain K when she nearly met an unfriendly, mythical creature which looks like jelly named a ghost. Rebecca realises that she is on a mission to find the last ghost tree, a tree which keeps ghosts away and Rebecca had to solve lots of riddles.

I really enjoyed the book. I liked it when the four friends think something terrible or nasty is going to happen they always find a way out. I think it was really exciting! I really liked the section where Rebecca had a feast of alliteration. This is where Rebecca ate food which had an adjective before them, for example: Amazing Apricots or Delicious Dessert.

My favourite character is Mister Glister, a very rich, naughty, funny millionaire. He always wants to gamble by giving all the diamonds in the universe just for a piece of wood. ( Ghost tree wood)

I think both girls and boys would enjoy this book from age 7 - 13. I think six year olds and under would not understand all the difficult words. Probably fourteen and older would think this book is too young for them and babyish.
Anna RAY Age 8
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This is still my very favourite book - and I am now 28! It is the first book I ever finished and thought "I will never forget that story" and I never did. I have just re-read it and it is as magical now as it was then. A wonderful book for children, I would insist mine read it.
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I remember this book from when I was at primary school and read it 11 times before my teacher found out that I was reading the same book from the school library over and over again. I always remembered it and was delighted to see it again. I have read it a few times since. It is a childrens book but is well written and even for a childrens book the plot is good and has a very imaginative and with an exiting ending. Although I am a couple of years older than when I originally read it I am very please to have a copy and know that I can read it as many times as I like.
The story is about a young girl who gets whisked away to a magical far away world but finds something very strange is going on. There are no trees but all the adults pay a lot of money to a man to get into a tower made of wood when ghosts arrive. There is no other defence and if they do not pay they will definitely be killed. The children are ok but teenagers are in constant danger of becoming adults, and therefore being killed, during an attack. Rebecca is frightened by the man who seems to own everything, including the tower, and having been in his house runs away to escape him. The journey with a variety of friends takes her through various adventures in an attempt to find the last tree so the ghosts can be defeated and the world made happy again. They find the last tree but it is surrounded by ghosts and then the evil rich man cuts the tree down soon after Rebecca and friends arrive and all is lost, or is it? You will have to read the book to see if there is a happy ending as the ghosts and bad people advance on Rebecca and her party. It is also written by the person who invented the Daleks and I understand it is the only childrens book he ever wrote.
Just under 100 pages of exciting adventure for children with nothing really frightening but none the less exciting for primary school children, and those who were once primary school children.
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