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Alistair and the Alien Invasion
     

Alistair and the Alien Invasion

by Marilyn Sadler, Roger Bollen (Illustrator)
 
Alistair Grittle, unflappable boy genius, is back in his fifth adventure! When Mr. Fudwinkle tells Alistair's closs, "I want you to bring in the most unusual plant you can find," Alistair decides to cruise the galaxies for the most unusual plant in the entire universe. Space travel is no problem; Alistair mastered it in Alistair In Outer Space. But Alistair

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Alistair Grittle, unflappable boy genius, is back in his fifth adventure! When Mr. Fudwinkle tells Alistair's closs, "I want you to bring in the most unusual plant you can find," Alistair decides to cruise the galaxies for the most unusual plant in the entire universe. Space travel is no problem; Alistair mastered it in Alistair In Outer Space. But Alistair doesn't count on aliens invading Earth. Only Alistair can save Earth from the aliens. But who will save Alistair's science project? Can Alistair save Earth and be on time with his homework?

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Once again, Alistair saves the day-actually the planet-in another of his fantastic adventures. As the boy genius blasts off in his space ship in search of the most unusual plant life he can find, he spots an alien vessel heading toward Earth. He turns back, and is horrified to see the invaders put all the people in sight in suspended animation, while they, too, collect plant specimens. Intrigued by Alistair, the creatures invite themselves over to his house and closely study his every move. It isn't until the last page that readers discover the reason for their intense interest: when they remove their space helmuts, each alien is shown to be an exact clone of the boy wonder! Bollen's mixed-medium cartoons aptly extend Sadler's wacky plot with delightful effect. Interspersed with humor and zany situations throughout, Alien Invasion is sure to be another ``Alistair'' read-aloud hit.- Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
Carolyn Phelan
When Alistair, a paragon of schoolboy virtue and the hero of several popular picture books, learns that aliens have landed on Earth, he reacts with dismay: "Alistair did not have time for an alien invasion. He was in the middle of a science project." True to form, he soon makes contact with the aliens and not only satisfies their curiosity about earthlings, but also obtains a rare plant that enables him to finish his assignment on time. From the image of Alistair ironing his shoelaces to the sign reading "School closed due to alien invasion," children will revel in the deadpan humor that pervades both the story and the colorful, cartoonlike illustrations. In an age when the predictable abounds, the publication of a droll picture book with a genuine surprise ending is cause enough for celebration in the peanut gallery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671759575
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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