Byte pops out of little Peotry Willow’s computer, determined to learn about The Outside. He’s little, but he’s fast, and without meaning to be, he’s also trouble.
This is a delightful, light-hearted story where The Inside meets The Outside. A little philosophy wrapped in a modern fable.
As it says in the review, do NOT do what Byte does. Our world is safe for him, but his world is definitely not safe for us.
For thoughtful readers aged 00001000 and over.
Age Range: 8+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Word Count: 29,000
Published: April 2012
Byte looked puzzled but decided that there were too many puzzling things about The Outside to ask for explanations of them all.
The whistle blew for the end of play and Peotry said again, “Look after Byte. Don’t let him get into trouble.”
“I won’t,” said Beth, and re-joined her class, excitedly.
Beth’s class was in the final year of junior school and thought themselves very grown up. Some of them were, including Beth, but quite a few still had a long way to go. One such was Nigel Pole.
“What’s that?” he asked Beth, standing beside her in the line to go into school.
“Nothing,” Beth replied, though she’d been studying the calculator display intently. “Anyway, mind your own business, Ni…gel.”
Byte quickly found his way around. He couldn’t read the writing of Human Errors, but he understood the meaning of things in his own way and soon knew the titles of all the books in the library. He even found ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Cinderella’. But knowing these things didn’t satisfy him.
The School Librarian
Six-year-old Peotry (correct spelling) is amazed when a miniscule little man leaps from her computer eager to understand the world outside his life within the machine. Peotry tries keeping him secret but her family soon find out and are suitably amazed. There then begins a series of adventures in which Byte tries to understand the world outside which is peopled by Human Errors. This involves him in all sorts of scrapes including a power cut which affects the whole country and wrecking the business of the local supermarket.
A light read which doesn’t quite accomplish the philosophising to which it aspires. Certainly suitable for able primary-school readers but might get them looking for little people in their electrical equipment.