Spaceheadz Jon Scieszka with Francesco Sedita, illustrated by Shane Prigmore
Are you ready for some good, silly fun? (You didn't think Scieszka would be writing something that wasn't good, silly fun did you?)
Michael K. has moved and started at a new school. His fifth grade teacher thinks he's Bulgarian and sticks him with these other two (very, very weird) kids whom she also thinks are Bulgarian. No one is Bulgarian. Michael K. is American, and Brian and Jennifer (and the class hamster) are actually aliens from Planet Spaceheadz! On Planet Spaceheadz, they feed on our TV waves and if Brian and Jennifer and Major Fluffy don't find 3,140,001 people to be Spaceheadz, Earth will be turned off.
As if Michael K. didn't have enough problems to worry about on his first day of school (really, ALIENS?!) Brian and Jennifer have seen every commercial ever. And think they're real. Charmin really is ultra-strong AND it makes bears happy, so they should probably get a lot of it...
But, Agent Umber from the Anti-Alien Agency is hot on their trail. Luckily, he has no idea what he's doing, so they might be safe. For now.
Very silly and funny. Agent Umber is classic doofus bad guy, which a lot of silly/cool gadgets. Like a Pickle phone. My favorite parts were actually the inter-chapter interludes with information about waves and patterns and super organisms and other cool science things that did play a role in the book. ALSO! All the websites in the book (and there are several) are real sites that you can go to for extra content and fun things. (Like if you go to www.sphdz.com you can sign up to be a Spaceheadz and get your Spaceheadz name. Mine is Original-Scent Cornflakes. Also, they are a long way away from getting 3,140,001 people, so you should probably go join.)
The ending is just a partial one for one adventure-- it's obviously a series (the next one is coming out in late December.) But it's not a cliffhanger, which is nice. And refreshing.
Fans and Scieszka will like this one-- we got it in at the library at mid-July and I can't keep it on the shelf. I just peeked a look at the circ figures and the stats prove what I already knew-- it's going like hotcakes.
You can read the first chapter right here!
Look! A book trailer:
AND NOW! FOR THE BIG GIVEAWAY NEWS!
To celebrate Spaceheadz, the good people at Simon and Schuster are giving one reader of Biblio File a Middle Grade Book Pack! With 5 awesome books! Just fill out the form below by midnight (eastern) on Monday, September 13. One name will be chosen at random!
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka
Brixton Bros: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity Mac Barnett
Amelia Rules! The Tweenage Guide to Not Being Unpopular Jeff Gownley
Nightmare at the Book Fair Dan Gutman
Keepers of the School: We the Children Andrew Clements
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