Blast Off! (Alien in My Pocket Series #1)

Blast Off! (Alien in My Pocket Series #1)

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by Nate Ball
     
 

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The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment! When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack

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The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment! When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien it's up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.

With illustrations on every spread, a how-to on launching a rocket, fun scientific facts, and the hilarious adventures of Zack and Amp, this book is the perfect gift for any young reader!

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Fourth-grader Zack McGee's plans for his new school year change drastically when a 4-inch-tall blue alien crashes into his bedroom and asks for help to return to his home world. First in a series combining scientific facts, projects and alien-invasion stories, this is an agreeable introduction. Zack's desperate efforts to conceal his new friend and to build a replacement launching system for his space ship provide both suspense and humor. He can't hide Amp from neighbor and best friend Olivia, but that's a good thing. She helps him construct a bottle rocket that soars satisfyingly high though not far enough to send Amp back into space. Unlike the rest of his scientific family, Zack has been a less-than-stellar performer in school, more interested in baseball. This provides plenty of opportunity for both Olivia and Amp to explain things to him and to readers along the way. Step-by-step instructions for constructing a rocket using a 2-liter soda bottle, a rubber stopper, duct tape and a bicycle pump are appended. Short chapters and black-and-white comics-style illustrations add reader appeal. A sequel, The Science Unfair (978-0-06-231494-9), will be published simultaneously, and a third, Radio Active, is scheduled for May 2014. A pleasing combination of fact and fancy, the Alien in My Pocket series will be welcomed by science-minded middle-grade readers. (Science fiction. 7-11)
Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
Ball, host of PBS's Design Squad Nation, proves that his know-how extends beyond science and engineering in this playful first book in the Alien in My Pocket series. After a spaceship crashes in Zack's bedroom, Amp, a tiny blue alien, emerges and announces that his planet plans to invade Earth. Amp is horrified at how large earthlings are ("This is an intergalactic snafu of epic proportions!"), and he asks Zack to help fix his spaceship so he can return home to call off the attack. Stowing away in Zack's backpack, the alien creates a stir at school as he demonstrates his power to alter people's behavior and upends the science lab while searching for materials to fix his ship. Ball slyly slips science into the plot, which culminates in the kids building a bottle rocket to launch Amp's spacecraft (bottle rocket instructions are included). With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn. The Science Unfair pubs simultaneously. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 6–10. Author's agent: Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency. (Jan.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062216236
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Alien in My Pocket Series, #1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Nate Ball is the host of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning PBS reality shows Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. An MIT graduate with a Master's Degree in mechanical engineering, Nate is also the cofounder of Atlas Devices, a two-time All-American pole-vaulter, and a competitive beatboxer. He lives with his wife and son in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished artist who lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and a West Highland white terrier named Winter.

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Blast Off! 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
book4children More than 1 year ago
When an alien crash lands in Zack's bedroom, he and his friend Olivia have to race against time to send the hamster sized alien back into space before earth is attacked. This is a fun, fast paced adventure designed for newly independent readers. Kids that like aliens, science, or rockets will like this book. There are even instructions on how to make your own rocket in the back of the book! There are lots of black and white illustrations along the way to add visual interest to the story. Content: clean Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks around with Pixel and Skittle.