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Alex is used to getting unusual birthday presents from his Godfather John - a pair of ferrets, or a Make Your Own Explosions Kit. But this year's present is something really different - a computer that takes you back to an earlier part of the day when you hit Ctrl-Z. ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Puffin (first published March 1st 2009)
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Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was quite good. It was a book that made you want to know what was going to happen which was enjoyable. I think the idea was good but it wasn't really written in the best way it could have been. This book was very funny at times and happy at others. This book also built up a lot of suspense at times making me really want to know what's going to happen next.
This book was about a boy called Alex who gets a computer for his birthday. Before playing on it his mum says "Alex, clean the dishe
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A YA novel, but very clever. I think this is one of the best books I've read for children that focusses on the idea that in life we have to make mistakes to learn, without making that idea come across as preachy or cheesy. I've worked with a lot of intense kids who will cry if they get just one question wrong on a math test and by sharing this book with a class, you could spark some wonderful discussions about why it's okay to make mistakes. ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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When Alex gets a laptop for his birthday from his zany godfather, he is a bit disappointed. It's not as new as the computer he got for Christmas, and he's not sure what sorts of games he can play on it. He takes it to his room anyway, and starts setting up the computer. He accidentally sets the time to 20 minutes earlier, so he presses Ctrl-Z to undo it... and finds himself exactly where he was 20 minutes ago. Alex discovers that Ctrl-Z will take him back to any time he punches in, and he goes a ...more
Edoardo Albert
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
If, in the immortal words of Cher, I could turn back time, what would I do? Probably get some more sleep (an answer presented by many parents of one-and-a-half year olds I suspect). But in this book, Alex gets a birthday present from his godfather that does just that: a computer that allows him to reset time at any point during a day (he can't go back further than a day, nor can he go forward). So, what does he do? Save his friend and everything naughty that comes to mind (because, when he reset ...more
Christina Swanson
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book definetly had a creative approach. I liked the main idea of a computer that can go back in time so you can mistake-proof your life. Andrew Norriss is a fun man and you can tell by reading his funny and cute book. Didn't have enough in it though but good for younger children who are able to actually read this or have a parent read to them before bedtime. I liked the good description of the characters feelings but I didn't think that he explained the characters appearance enough. (I did ...more
Anthony Burt
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Great concept for a book - about a boy who gets a special laptop for his birthday that can go back in time and undo the mistakes he and his friend/family make. Surprisingly, though, slightly empty of a central storyline and very sparse writing made this a bit of an empty read for me.

However, for younger readers (and those struggling) I could see this would be a fun, great book to read.

I can definitely see this being a cool TV series as it has so many ideas in it.
Oct 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could Ctrl-Z my life! Great imaginative fun with subtle purpose and learning.
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