Alien Eraser Unravels the Mystery of the Pyramids (Max Disaster Series #2)

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Did aliens build the pyramids? Will a magic love potion bring Mom and Dad back together? And what do school science, mummified apples, and alien erasers have to do with it? In a second zany, jam-packed graphic novel, Max jots down his worst fears and best brainstorms.
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Overview

Did aliens build the pyramids? Will a magic love potion bring Mom and Dad back together? And what do school science, mummified apples, and alien erasers have to do with it? In a second zany, jam-packed graphic novel, Max jots down his worst fears and best brainstorms.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melyssa Malinowski
Max Disaster is back and this time he is researching ancient Egypt. In school he is very worried that he will be paired with an undesirable partner for the project. But the ancient Egyptians are on his side and his teacher actually lets him work with his best friend, Omar. Max goes off on a bit of a tangent deciding that the ancient Egyptians' sophistication must have been aided by aliens. His obsession nearly ruins the project for him and for Omar. Things at home are interesting as well. Max wants his parents to get back together, so he invents a love potion. It seems to work on his brother Kevin, who finds a girlfriend the day after he accidently drinks it. The effects are not great on his parents. Maybe they really do not want to be together. Like Max Disaster #1, this book is "way too much fun." It follows the same wonderful format and design, full of color, pictures, and the vast imagination of an elementary school boy that is excited about life in general and science in particular. It is set up as part log book, part experiment record, part journal, and part comic book. Max is a little better adjusted to his new family situation and continues to be enthusiastic. This would be a book to have in an elementary school library or a public library. Boys especially would be drawn to the seemingly organized chaos of Max Disaster. Also, each book can stand alone, the whole set need not be present to understand the stories. However, your patrons will be begging for the other books, to see what Max gets into next. Reviewer: Melyssa Malinowski
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—These eye-catching transitional readers pack a lot into each slim volume: comics, humor, common childhood problems, science experiments, history, science fiction, and more. Flip-flopping between a comic and notebook format, the narratives follow the everyday life of an elementary school student and the supposedly real comic adventures of an alien eraser that claims to have taken over his brain. The alien's plan is to inspire Max to draw comics about his "glorious deeds," which include such feats as building the ancient Egyptian pyramids. Besides having his brain controlled by an alien, Max has an assortment of other things to deal with: a moody teenage brother, a boring teacher who confiscates his favorite belongings, and parents who have recently separated. He expresses and illustrates these everyday troubles with humorous, colorful drawings and diagrams of imaginative inventions, such as the "referee robot," designed to control fighting parents; and the "Book-to-Brain Zapper," which translates books into one's own words, creating a "report [that] miraculously writes itself with NO spelling mistakes." These books are full of fun, facts, and adventures that are sure to capture the interest of both reluctant and avid readers.—Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763644086
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Max Disaster Series , #2
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,218,967
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marissa Moss fi rst wrote about Max in 2003. She is the author of many books for young readers, including the hugely popular Amelia’s Notebook series. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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