Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyHazel Nutt, Alien Hunter has landed a new career in this pun-drenched sequel by David Elliott, illus. by True Kelley. Aboard her spaceship, BoobyPrize, she and her two-headed first mate, Igor, are forced by a meatball shower to land on the planet Wutt (resulting in Abbott and Costello-style gags). And in Wizard of Oz fashion, it turns out Hazel's ship has crushed the Wuttites' "little lady leader." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's LiteratureCaptain Hazel Nutt is back with another humorous adventure following her Mad Scientist escapade in a previous book. This time Nutt and her first mate, Igor, who is from the Tu-noggin galaxy and has two heads, are forced to make an emergency landing in their spaceship Booby Prize. They land on a planet and surrounded by its inhabitants, they ask the name of the planet. The Abbott and Costello "Who's on first?" shtick begins. When the Wuttites answer, "Wutt," Nutt asks the question again and again and so on. When Nutt says, "Take me to your leader," she learns that the Booby Prize landed on their little lady leader. Before the story ends, a ladle and a ladder are added to the silly alliteration. Splashy, colorful, full-page illustrations support the story and add a subtext such as Nutt's tolerant pet dog and the Wuttites side dialogue. It is a quick, funny book that will appeal to primary grade students who have discovered word play and goofy characters in books. 2004, Holiday House, Ages 6 to 9.
Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-In this goofy story, Captain Hazel Nutt is "hurtling" through space in her ship, the BoobyPrize when she and her crew encounter a flying meatball storm. The young travelers make an emergency landing on the planet Wutt. There is plenty of wordplay ("`What's the name of this planet?' asks Captain Nutt. `Wutt,' says a Wuttite.- `WHAT'S THE NAME OF THIS PLANET?' she screams. `WUTT,' the Wuttite screams back"), tongue-twisting alliteration, and general hilarity all around. When Hazel realizes that her vehicle has landed on the Wuttite's leader, she presents the aliens with a ladder to replace their fallen comrade, and they respond by saying: "We can't take you to our leader- but we can take you to our ladder!" Fortunately, she bounces right back up when Hazel blasts off in her spaceship. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are as quirky and colorful as this comical adventure. This book will be a hit with younger fans of Daniel Pinkwater, Dav Pilkey, and Jon Scieszka.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsHazel Nutt returns for another adventure. This time, she's an alien hunter zooming through the cosmos in her spaceship, BoobyPrize. Caught in a "meateor" shower (meatballs, you understand), she makes an emergency landing on the planet Wutt. Following an Abbott-and-Costello exchange as she tries to uncover the name of the planet, Hazel discovers she has landed on the Wutties's leader. She feels awful and makes amends by giving them her ladder before blasting off-unknowingly freeing their little lady leader. Elliott's story is nonsensical goofiness. No explanations are given for the meatball meteors or Hazel's "alien hunter" status, and there's no reason given why the ladder has a palliative effect on the Wutties. Everything exists for visual and verbal puns. Kelley's wiggly watercolors are a good match and the main strength here. Readers with sophisticated enough senses of humor might enjoy hunting for the visual puns. Not for everyone, but fans of the first will likely be pleased. (Picture book. 4-8)
- Holiday House, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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