Thursday, July 22, 2010


Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka with Francesco Sedita. Ill. Shane Prigmore. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2010).

This is the first volume in a smoking new series from the superfunny writer Jon Scieszka (Time Warp Trio series, Stinky Cheeseman, etc., etc.). Loaded with wacky pictures and sight effects (like sound effects but for your eyes!), the book introduces the reader to Michael K. who has just moved to Brooklyn, New York, and is starting at a new school--P.S. 858. Wouldn't you know that he'd be stuck sitting with the other new kids--and he's sure these two will doom him to the bottom of the social ladder in a nanosecond. They seem to speak in advertising jingles! Worse, they say they're from outer space and must recruit 3,140,001 kids to be SPHDZ or the earth will "turn off," whatever that means. Michael K. tries to ditch them, but instead gets sucked into their wild antics. Meanwhile, a klutzy agent from the top-secret AAA (Anti-Alien Agency) is literally knocking himself out as he attempts to locate the aliens that are being reported...but all he sees are these kids!

Quick and easy read for ages 6 & up. Great for reluctant readers! Companion websites, too.

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