Dude, Where's My Spaceship? (Weird Planet Series #1)

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Klatu is such a varna! He crashed the spaceship into planet Earth with his brother Lek and sister Ploo onboard. Stuck in the middle of the Nevada desert with nowhere to run, Ploo is captured by army Earthlings who think that she is an enemy of humankind. Can Klatu and Lek to rescue Ploo from the terrifying Major Paine? Or will Ploo be held prisoner in Area 51 forever?

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Overview

Klatu is such a varna! He crashed the spaceship into planet Earth with his brother Lek and sister Ploo onboard. Stuck in the middle of the Nevada desert with nowhere to run, Ploo is captured by army Earthlings who think that she is an enemy of humankind. Can Klatu and Lek to rescue Ploo from the terrifying Major Paine? Or will Ploo be held prisoner in Area 51 forever?

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Publishers Weekly
Greenburg's (the Secrets of Dripping Fang series) silly story about a trio of aliens who crash their spaceship into earth launches the Weird Planet series, but never quite lifts off. After Ploo and her older brothers land in the Nevada desert, they use a "hide-a-craft" device to make their spacecraft disappear just as two men drive up and cart Ploo away to a nearby army base. Her siblings then morph into humans and chew gumballs that enable them to speak English. Stealing a pizza delivery car, they manage to talk their way onto the base, but when they arrive at the building where Ploo is allegedly being held, they find it empty. Lily, daughter of Major Paine, who's in charge of the base, sets her free, and the two become fast friends ("They giggled till they ached. They giggled till they could hardly breathe"). The tale ends with the reunited siblings driving off in a stolen car, headed to Las Vegas in search of the woman who can reportedly fix their damaged spacecraft, the setting for their next adventure, Lost in Las Vegas (ISBN 0-375-93345-X), also due the same month. As the aliens try to make sense of English words and human objects, the plot will elicit occasional chuckles, but it lacks the spark and humor to propel most readers to move on to the aliens' next escapade. Ages 7-10. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Fans of the author's "Zack Files" series (Grosset & Dunlap) will be delighted with this fast-paced science-fiction adventure that's full of goofy humor. Klatu and his brother and sister have mistakenly crashed their spaceship into the Nevada desert. Hilarious dialogue among the space aliens and the humans they meet follows as Ploo is captured and taken to an army base for study. Klatu and Lek use all the tricks at their disposal to retrieve her, including morphing into human form and chewing English-language gum to communicate with the earthlings. Ploo is rescued by a human girl who proves herself less prejudiced than her adult counterparts. The text is peppered with funny, easily "translated" alien vocabulary, and the large print and short declarative sentences will be accessible to emerging readers. The book even sneaks in an antismoking message and a short history lesson. Readers will not be able to resist these appealing googly-eyed extraterrestrials with distinct personalities, and the gentle subliminal message that being different is not necessarily bad or scary is welcome. This is a perfect book for those who are beyond easy readers but not yet ready for intermediate fiction.-Quinby Frank, formerly at Green Hedges School, Vienna, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A varna if ever there was one, Klatu crashes the family spaceship on a strange planet (we call it "Earth"), sees his little sister, Ploo, captured by bumbling soldiers from a certain secret Nevada military base and, "disguised" in severely dorky human clothes, he careens off to the rescue in a stolen pizza delivery truck with his brother Lek. Pitched toward recent graduates of the Easy Reader section, this nonstop kneeslapper features chapter heads like "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind," frantic action and cartoon scenes of childsized aliens looking puzzled by inscrutable (to them) human food, dress, technology and general behavior. Ploo having sprung herself by making friends with the daughter of the base's commander, Major Paine, the three young visitors are ultimately reunited, and last seen heading off for the next installment, Lost in Las Vegas (March 2006). Not quite Zack Files quality, but a step up from Greenburg's other current series, Secrets of Dripping Fang. (Science fiction. 810)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375833441
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series , #1
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 334,577
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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