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Children's LiteratureThis adventure, featuring Norbert from Jupiter and earthly friend Alan Dingwall, is both fast-paced and surreal. The lines of reality and dreaming blur in this unusual fantasy. In the novel, Alan travels to Jupiter with the help of Norbert's spaceship and de-spacer, which allows him to shrink to the size of the "jupiterlings." However, Jupiter is nothing like what he expected; the air is breathable, and the food unusual but tasty. Alan's quest involves helping Norbert find the princess kidnapped by the mysterious Black Dey of Ich. Throughout their journey, the absurd often crosses with the fantastic in this bizarre adventure. Scrimger's place-names add to the semi-delusional feel of the place, as a glossary at the back explains that most of them represent parts of the brain — such as the "Amyg Dale" or amygdala. Look out for an abrupt cliffhanger ending. The novel ends almost without warning and is sure to leave any reader you hand it to clamoring for more. This book does contain mild swearing and a semi-sexual situation. Also worth noting is the almost complete dearth of female characters in this boys' adventure story. The only girl to appear even briefly in the novel is both naked and feeble-minded (hence the semi-sexual connotation); her nakedness is excused by the narrator as she is a jupiterling, only born with a human form. 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 8 to 12.