Alienology (Ologies Series)

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Are there extraterrestrials among us? Discover a host of stunning secrets?and an ingenious brain challenge that will light up your world!

The year is 1969, and Professor Alan Grey is ready to lead you on a magical mystery tour of a world where space creatures mingle with earthlings, unbeknownst to all but a chosen few. On the one hand, this dazzling book is a field guide to other worlds, from the solar system to the laws of time and space; from the many species and cultures in ...

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Overview

Are there extraterrestrials among us? Discover a host of stunning secrets—and an ingenious brain challenge that will light up your world!

The year is 1969, and Professor Alan Grey is ready to lead you on a magical mystery tour of a world where space creatures mingle with earthlings, unbeknownst to all but a chosen few. On the one hand, this dazzling book is a field guide to other worlds, from the solar system to the laws of time and space; from the many species and cultures in faraway galaxies to the primitive state of alienology studies here on Earth. To the sharpest readers, however, this shining resource, with its constellation of brain-teasers, serves as a cunning test: Readers who solve its puzzles are guaranteed to achieve enlightenment—and have a chance to represent humankind in the intergalactic community at large. Here are just some of the topics covered:
*A map of the universe, showing the location of many alien worlds an alien species guide
*Alien biology, methods of communication, and civilizations
*Alien technology and spaceship design
*How to identify aliens who have already infiltrated human society and more!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
Like the previous volumes devoted to such topics as dragons, oceans, pirates, spies, and vampires, this tenth entry in the ongoing Ology series is a heavy, oversized volume filled with hundreds of sidebars, maps, diagrams, charts, and other illustrations. The book consists of only fourteen cardboard leaves between two heavily-illustrated covers, but with a fold-out, a mirror, and dozens of lift-the-flap features, it resembles a densely packed scrapbook, presenting a huge number of quirky, varied graphic elements and just enough text to accompany the images. Also included are a dozen "logic tests" for which one must consult the Web site (http://www.ologyworld.com) and enter a code to discover the answers. The Ology series is "designed to appeal to a digital-age audience" and offers many tie-ins, not only to the Web site but also to animated trading cards, model sets, and games, not to mention ringtones and "incoming alien transmissions" for cell phones. The back cover states that the book is "suitable for age 6 and up." A child that age will certainly enjoy the sumptuous visuals, but the average six-year-old would make quick work of the book's moving parts. Middle school tweens are perhaps the book's more ideal audience, since they are fully equipped to enjoy both text and visuals, appreciate the book's humor, and, of course, fulfill the publisher's dreams by investing in all of the multimedia tie-in products. Older teens will be put off by the book's awkward mix of science facts, fantasy, and tongue-in-cheek silliness. Reviewer: Walter Hogan
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This is a very large eye-catching book about aliens, who are identified as visitors from other galaxies. The cover is metallic green, imprinted with steel-colored text and embedded with a few small beads. There are 15 double-page spreads splattered with drawings of assorted aliens, pasted-on flyers, booklets and notes, photographs with drawings added, and ersatz postcards. There are several renderings of naked Gray aliens, which are neither male nor female. There is also a small specimen of protectonium, "an insulating material used as clothing by Grays," which appears to be distressed aluminum foil. A similar specimen in green is said to be a sample of the skin of a Repton Clone, and there is a dab of touchable red s.l.i.m.e. brought back from the moon. The last page has a detecting mirror to be used for re-examining pictures throughout the book to find additional hidden pictures. In several places, the book refers to real entities such as the moon, the Apollo spaceship, black holes, asteroids, and the solar system as if they were in the same universe as multiplying endoliths, humanoid aliens, Taurican terraforming machines, moon s.l.i.m.e, and Denebean Cyborgs. Will it always be clear to an imaginative pre-teen which is real and which is not? Should we care? Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645656
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Ologies Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 220,836
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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