Alien for Rent

Alien for Rent

by Betsy Duffey, Abby Carter
     
 

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How much trouble can two third graders and one pint-sized alien get into? Plenty, as well as plenty of slapstick fun!

It's just an ordinary school day when third-graders Lexie and J.P. see an unusual sign on the bulletin board. In silver letters that seem to float on the paper it says: Alien for Rent: Two Gugentocks Per Hour. Definitely…  See more details below

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How much trouble can two third graders and one pint-sized alien get into? Plenty, as well as plenty of slapstick fun!

It's just an ordinary school day when third-graders Lexie and J.P. see an unusual sign on the bulletin board. In silver letters that seem to float on the paper it says: Alien for Rent: Two Gugentocks Per Hour. Definitely weird.

Before Lexie and J.P. can find any aliens, Bruce, the fifth-grade bully, finds them. When he tries to punch J.P., Bruce freezes in mid-swing, glows green, and floats off the ground. What on Earth is happening?

The answer is not actually from Earth. His name is Bork, and Lexie has accidentally rented him for the price of two gugentocks—a.k.a. Twinkies. Just what other "good deeds" has Bork done for Lexie? And how will they undo them? Anything is possible when a junk food-loving alien comes for a visit!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-There is a need for science fiction at the beginning chapter-book level, but this is a mediocre attempt. Lexie and J.P. are third graders who face the wrath of Bruce, a fifth-grade bully. After seeing a glowing green sign that reads "Alien for Rent," the friends go to the playground to see what it's all about. There, Bruce mysteriously becomes frozen in the air just as he is about to punch J.P. After a few moments, the older boy is released and runs away just as Lexie calls him a baby. Later, she finds a "small, cute, chubby, fuzzy, green" junk-food-loving alien named Bork in her lunch box. The friends soon discover that Bruce has been turned into a toddler and realize that Bork was responsible. While the two main characters are likable, the story relies too much on bathroom humor. The alien burps and snores. Bruce, transformed into a baby, holds "...the front of his pants" and screams he has to go potty, unrolls the toilet paper in the bathroom, and so on. This will probably make primary kids giggle but books such as Jonathan Etra's Aliens for Breakfast (Random, 1988), and Daniel Pinkwater's Ned Feldman, Space Pirate (1994) and Fat Guys from Space (1989, both Macmillan) are funnier and better written.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A fun short novel from Duffey (Virtual Cody, 1997, etc.), who takes on the ever-popular upper-elementary topic of aliens. The ghostly green sign on the school bulletin board intrigues J.P. and Lexie, who decide to find out whether its promise, an alien for rent for two gugentocks an hour, is real. When they get to the playground to meet their alien, Bruce, the fifth-grade bully, stands ready to punch J.P. Lexie calls out for help, and she gets it; Bruce turns a bright green and hangs suspended above the ground, then turns into an oversized infant. The alien has come to their rescue, in exchange for the gugentocks-Twinkies-in Lexie's lunchbox. It's all fairly silly, offering a few chuckles for readers in search of an unintimidating read. (Fiction. 7-10) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440414681
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/09/2000
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.58(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Betsy Duffey is the author of many popular books for younger readers.

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