Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

The Hackney Martian

by
,

The Hackney Martian Reviews | Toppsta

Book Rating: 4 based on 12
12 Reviews
Write a Review

When Max the Martian crash lands on planet Earth he befriends football-loving Sam,  who promises to help him get back home. The pair set out on an exciting journey through the sewers and the old streets, to the Tower of London, to find the one special ingredient that will power the little Martian’s spacecraft and returning him home - diamonds!

The Hackney Martian Reviews | Toppsta

9781910851012

Share on

Sign up to our newsletter for...

Free Book Giveaways, Recommendations & more

4th September '16
I read it to Aaronthecooldude aged 7 aged 7
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
This was a terrific read. A sci-fi crime caper with excitement, tension and a great plot twist at the end, all wonderfully illustrated. Squeezing that level of plot detail into a book that a six year old enjoyed is no mean feat in itself, and I suspect that this will become a family favourite. Five Stars!
9th September '16
I read it to AlexK aged 5 aged 5
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
I like the cleverness of the book title 'The Hackney Martian'  and the fact he crash lands his spaceship on Hackney Marshes, something only the adult would probably get. The action really takes place at the Tower of London, which is where the Martian and Sam (the small boy, out playing football on his own in the park in the dark!!) have to steal a diamond to fix the spaceship. My 5 year old particularly liked two pages in the book, the first being the 5 problems they would encounter trying to steal the diamond and the second was as they followed tunnels under London in their quest to reach the tower. The story ended well and they fixed the spaceship without having to resort to stealing. I've had to read this a few times now to my son, so it's obviously a favourite. Although a paperback the book itself is quite sturdy.
 
30th August '16
I read it to Batman aged 6 aged 6
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
This was a great book that my son enjoyed that much, he had it read to him twice in one night !! 
The illustrations are lovely and very detailed. 
The quality of this book is luxury, even if you had a child that was a bit heavy handed with the pages, I don't think the pages would rip as the paper is so thick. 
The story is very good, reminded my son of 'Gangsta Granny' by David Waslliams. 
From a parents perspective, I felt this book was educational also, my son learnt a few things about the Tower of London from it. If my Son learns about London as a topic at school he will definitely be taking this book in. 
30th August '16
I read it to Brobee aged 4 aged 4 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
This is a brilliantly exciting story and we really loved reading it. It's set in London, as the title suggests, but is really focused on the Tower of London. We loved the idea of an alien trying to steal the queen's jewels; he had so many elements to overcome, we were on the edge of our seats! The text is written in a really interesting way, with lots of bits to read as well as the main story (check out the page that shows you Max and Sam tunneling; it's our favourite!). It's got a happy ending and we hope that the author will share some more of Max's adventures with us soon!
31st August '16
I read it to Arya aged 3 aged 3
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
I read it to my little girl who is three and at first she wasn't interested as she said it was a boy book (if it hasn't got fairies or princesses it's a boy book). But with a little persuasion and Arya finally getting over the pictures she decided to give it a go and she really enjoyed it ! As she is only three there were a few words she wasn't sure of so it was a great way and time for me to explain. 
She liked that Max and Sam became friends and that they went on an adventure together trying to steal the queen's diamond to help Max the Martian get home. The ending was nice but I'll not give too much away but maybe there might be a sequel..
The book is very well put together it has nice glossy pages,the paper is of excellent quality and is of a very high standard. 
The illustrations are fantastic there is so much going on, prompting lots of questions and keeping my little girl interested. 
Fantastic book I would definitely recommend. 
6th September '16
I read it to WillP aged 5 aged 5
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
We were lucky enough to win a copy of this book via Toppsta. I have now read it to my son at bedtime for the last 3 nights!
It really appeals to him, it's quite exciting (think Mission Impossible with an alien) and has fabulous drawings. I love the Beefeaters! 
Anything with aliens appeals to my son, and the 2 main characters work together to solve a problem, which is a nice message.
It made a lovely change for me to read a children's book that didn't bore me, and that had an interesting story line. 
7th September '16
I read it to LucasChops aged 5 aged 5
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
We loved this book!  A super tale of a martian, Max, who crashes to earth and needs a diamond to power up his spacecraft and return home.  He crashes near to a boy called Sam, who never does anything exciting, and when Max's diamond detector indicates a nearby diamond they decide to go get it.  Slight snag is that it's in the Tower of London!  Fabulously illustrated, the book follows their trip through disused tunnels and secret entrances to the Tower where bird seed and fluffy slippers see them get past the guarding ravens and beefeaters.  Lucas has a fascination with London and he loved looking at the pictures over and over again.  The story is fun - and doesn't encourage theft as they retreat empty handed when they realise the diamond is cursed!  I can see the appeal of this book growing and growing and it's definitely one that will have a place on our bookshelves for the next couple of years at least. 
4th March '17
I read it to mmt2a aged 5 aged 5
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
This is a great book. I enjoyed it as much as my son did. The story is about an alien that crash lands on earth. In order to return home, he needs a diamond to power his spaceship. The Tower of London, with the Crown Jewels, is the place to go. The story follows the journey to the Tower and how the various security measures are defeated. As soon as this book was finished, my son declared "I love this book" and we had to immediately read it again! The book is of a good length for slightly older children. Sometimes I feel that some picture books are too short, with few words on each page, but this is a good read. Would definitely recommend!
4th September '16
I read it to Noah aged 6 aged 6
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
5 stars
This is a really detailed and fun story about the adventure of Sam and his new found friend Max the Martian. It has fantastic illustrations which guide you through the exciting adventure Sam and Max embark on in order to fix Max's crashed alien spaceship. They have to go to the Tower of London to find diamonds for fuel but in order to get there they have to travel underground and have many different other obstacles to avoid. They create an amazing plan and then you get to see if their adventure is a success. Our favourite part was the amazing ending.
21st January '18
I read it to jasquires aged 5 aged 5
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
4 stars
I expected Jake to really like this book as he is obsessed with space and whilst he enjoyed the story it's not a book that he reaches for time and time again which is a shame as it's wonderfully illustrated and is a lovely book.

The book has a great story about a martian and a boy working together to repair the spaceship and having amazing adventures on the way which my son really enjoyed, it was just a little bit too long to hold his attention. I love the way it refers to things we can associate with real life such as the Tower of London and the jewels as it makes my son believe that aliens are real, and I love encouraging his imagination.
7th January '17
I read it to SophieKelly aged 3 aged 3
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
4 stars
I've delayed writing a review for this book.....

because I really enjoy it.... and love the plot twist at the end. The illustrations are detailed and intriguing.... and my daughter should love it.....

but.... she tolerates it. It's never read this one again please......

So for an older child I think it'd be a 5-star and she'll "grow into it".  

So its a 4-star.... as I think she's going to love it.... just we're not quite there yet. 
28th September '16
I read it to RS aged 6 aged 6 & to ES aged 1 aged 1
The Hackney Martian 9781910851012
2 stars
Nicely illustrated but a slightly dull story. Tells of a Martian that crash lands on hackney marshes and needs the help of a human to fix his space craft. The pair then team up to tear through London looking for a diamond. A nice looking book but didn't really enthrall my 6 year old 
Show More (0)