Rebecca's World: Journey to the Forbidden Planet Paperback – 15 May 1986
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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.Read more ›
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
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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Took me back to childhood. I loved this book and have requested a Kindle version so parents can read it to their children! Great introduction to fantasy novels for younger readersPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the first books I read as a child, it explains an average child who gets bored during summer holidays. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Beckie
I'm 46, and other than Enid Blyton books, this is the only book that still sticks in my mind from my childhood! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have read this book many times. First in primary school and many many times since. One thing I can say for sure is it is still a great read even after the first time. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by 01zesty01
I adore this book. Even in my late thirties I return to it often, it's absolutely one of the best books of my childhood and I was so gutted at having lost my copy, my mother... Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by hergerbabe
I lost this book (my brother gave it to Oxfam) so I've just bought a second hand second edition for over £20.00, and it was worth every penny. Read morePublished on 18 July 2013 by sallyc
childhood book delighted to have found it......amazing story about a young girl who finds herself on another planet and has to go on a long mission to save the last ghost tree.Published on 25 Feb. 2013 by claire duncan
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