Herbert's Wormhole [NOOK Book]

Overview

Herbert Slewg and his hapless, video game–addicted neighbor Alex Filby have stumbled upon what Einstein could only theorize about: a wormhole through the space/time continuum. They travel 100 years into the future of their no-longer-boring town and are mistaken for alien slayers . . . in a world run by a benevolent alien race with cheerful Australian accents and uncomfortably fake facial hair. Herbert, Alex, and their mutual crush, Sammi Clementine, century-hop across time in order to outwit a disgruntled ...
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Overview

Herbert Slewg and his hapless, video game–addicted neighbor Alex Filby have stumbled upon what Einstein could only theorize about: a wormhole through the space/time continuum. They travel 100 years into the future of their no-longer-boring town and are mistaken for alien slayers . . . in a world run by a benevolent alien race with cheerful Australian accents and uncomfortably fake facial hair. Herbert, Alex, and their mutual crush, Sammi Clementine, century-hop across time in order to outwit a disgruntled “G’Dalien. By foiling his evil plot, they save the planet and become 22nd-century hometown heroes in this smart-alecky (but friendly), inventive, wry, and very visual creation.
 
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
More text-heavy than the subtitle suggests, this loopy debut opens as Alex's well-meaning parents buy the 10-year-old a jungle gym. They also arrange a playdate ("Playdate? Alex hadn't had a playdate since he was seven") with neighbor Herbert, a compulsive inventor, who tinkers with the body suits that came with his AlienSlayer:3-D! video game. When he and Alex wear the suits on the jungle gym, the tubular slide becomes a wormhole that catapults them 100 years into the future. Their hometown is now inhabited by G'Daliens, aliens that speak with Australian accents and resemble giant squid wearing toupees and fake mustaches, a sight the boys find "fall-down, pee-in-your-pants hilarious." The cartoony line art and wacky futuristic particulars should appeal most to readers whose sense of humor tends toward the absurd. Ages 8-12.
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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Cartoon-like illustrations seem to be making a comeback, as do alien stories. This one has them both. Alex Filby is a video game addict. His love of the genre led him to make a hasty promise: If his parents bought him AlienSlayer 2, Alex would play it only until he beat it. Then, he would put it away, and the rest of his summer would be spent outdoors. Unfortunately, Alex did not know when he made his promise that AlienSlayer: 3-D was destined for summer release. Imagine Alex's disappointment when he vanquishes the last AS2 creature, knowing that he cannot touch AS3D for the rest of the season. It seems like torture that this video-addicted ten-year-old is to go on a "playdate" with his geeky neighbor Herbert and play on a new jungle gym his parents installed. Then, Alex sees that inventor Herbert has the gear from AS3D. Sure, he has modified the suits in some strange way, but Alex is in such a video game thrall that he does not question it; he just dons a game suit as quickly as he can. Imagine Alex's surprise when he feels himself being pulled into the jungle gym's blue tube slide, only to land in a caveman's fire. He's barely wrapped his head around that "truth," when he finds that Herbert is alongside him and they are not in the distant past but 100 years in the future. It is a technologically-advanced time populated by ugly aliens living hand-in-hand with humans. Nelson and Rao's characters are clever and funny; their setting is intriguing. It is hard to imagine that later books in this series will live up to this first, but such a comment only reflects the skill and perfection of this initial adventure tale. This is a hard act to follow. Buyers are cautioned to flip through thebook before they purchase it; this reviewer's copy had the first twenty-four pages printed upside down and backwards before the book proceeded as intended. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—Soon-to-be sixth-grader Alex loves video games and longs to own AlienSlayer: 3-D!, which comes with a holographic-projection unit and two motion-sensor suits. But Alex's parents have other ideas: there's a new jungle gym in the yard and his mother has planned a "playdate" with Herbert, an inventor/genius. To his horror, Alex discovers that his nerdy neighbor has "modified" two AlienSlayer: 3-D! suits. However, instead of allowing their wearers to pass through objects as planned, the suits somehow transform Alex's slide into a wormhole that transports the boys 100 years into the future. There, G'Daliens—squidlike aliens who wear toupees—have taken over Earth, with mostly positive results. But one extraterrestrial is bent on proving just how stupid and unnecessary humans are and tries to ruin the fragile peace between the two species. Now, through a series of gaffs and mishaps, it's up to Alex and Herbert to save the world. With its amusing cartoon drawings and zany adventures, this is sure to be a hit with reluctant readers. The numerous illustrations are integral to the story, adding detail and keeping the action moving quickly. The plot is slight, but readers won't care. Give this to kids who have moved beyond "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) but want something just as silly and funny.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
When ten-year-old Alex Filby zaps the last alien in his Alien Slayer 2 game, his parents celebrate-not because he won, but because Alex promised to play outside for the rest of the summer if he finished the game. They've even made a play date for him with the genius inventor boy next door, Herbert Slewg. Herbert's newest invention, Negative Energy Densifiers, are supposed to make matter permeable, but instead they send Alex and Herbert 100 years into the future, where humans and G'daliens (aliens with Australian accents, six tentacles and bad hair pieces) are the best of friends . . . mostly. GOR-DON was spurned by a human female and wants to take over the world. Alex, Herbert, friend Sammi and a surprising old man team up to ruin GOR-DON's plans. Nelson's first reads like a missing volume in the Time Warp Trio series without as much deadpan sarcasm. Rao's line drawings are more like frequent illustrations than cartoons and at times do not agree with the text. While it's not as funny as it thinks it is, it could function as a next step after Scieszka's series. (Science fiction. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061911149
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 462,074
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Nelson is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Diane, and their two sons, Charlie and Christopher. Herbert's Wormhole was Peter's First children's book. He wrote it without ever having met an actual alien or traveling through time, which made it a bit more challenging, but just as fun.

Rohitash Rao was born in an exotic, faraway land called Hyderabad, India. He then grew up in another exotic, faraway land called Rancho Cucamonga, California. He now lives in a magical city on an island called Manhattan, where he works as an animator and director. Herbert's Wormhole was Rao's First children's book, much of which he illustrated while sitting on a broken stool in his apartment.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

    Alex wants to spend his summer playing video games, but his parents have other plans. They've built a (babyish) jungle gym and set up a play date with nerdy science kid, Herbert.

    Herbert has spent his summer building a Negative Energy Densifier Suit. When the suits are worn by the boys on Alex's new jungle gym, they open a wormhole to the future. Only in this future, aliens called G'daliens have taken over. They all seem friendly enough, except for GOR-DON, who wants the boys destroyed. Now it's up to Alex and Herbert to save the future.

    I loved HERBERT'S WORMHOLE. It's the perfect blend of cartoons and novel that readers of all ages will be sure to enjoy. The story is fast-paced and reads like an adventure/science fiction novel, but even if you're not typically a fan of those genres, I would try picking this one up. It's so full of humor, you'll be laughing the whole time.

    I would give this to any reader who is looking for something to hold them over until the next DIARY OF A WIMPY KID book is released. Soon, they'll be asking for more adventures of Herbert and Alex.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Good!

    It was very funny and the author was very good in writing the book also he describes it really great

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    I love this book

    Please read this book it is a really good book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    AWESOME!!!

    I think that this book is AWESOME!! I strongly recommend that you read this book. Herbert and Alex are funny together and they never stop making me laugh. The first time Alex goes to Herbert's house was sooo weird! Herbert's inventions are cool and unique. I hope that there is a book two coming out very soon!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Loved the book!

    This is one of my favorite books! Keep on writing more, one of your fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    No

    G'DAYLAYNS i do not even think i spelled it fight

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????

    Whar the f*** is this supposed to be?It'd be great if you were 4years old.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    funny

    What can I say, I bought it for my 8 years old son who loves to read and has pretty wild imagination. He got through it very quickly laughing and loving it all the way. That makes me very happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Love it

    Its very easy to read but its really funny and well writen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Hi yo wassup man

    Shutup sister soory my older sis wouldnt shutup hahaha ok .......wat to say wat to say o i kno what did the stomach saytothebutt wat i dont kno i think ugh u stink hahaha NOT THAT FUNNY

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Fdbfndjfhfdgg

    100% Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Good book

    This was a really great quick read. And the illistrations look great on my Nook. 5 Stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    A good book

    This book is a real good book. You can reread it over and over and over again. Definatly worthy of 5 stars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Awsome

    It is the worlds funniest book with two kids time traveling theough a worm hole. I could read this book 100 time and the fun dont go

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2011

    LOVE+IT%21

    It%27s+awesome%21

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2011

    i luv it

    it was funny!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Wonderful book!

    This is just great, it tells adventures through time which makes it most interesting!:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

    This book is probably one of my favorite books! It is humorous and it is just a great read! I will keep the rest short and sweet: READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    Dear readers, BUY THIS BOOK!!

    This is the BEST BOOK in the HISTORY of the WORLD, and OUTSIDE of it!
    ~Julian, age 9

    I spotted this hilarious book for my young son. He had just completed the (too short) Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney (currently waiting on the release of Dog Days), and this book appeared to be close in comparison to the character set-up and graphics. Although, the story-line is totally different (dealing with aliens in the universe rather than peers at school.) My son actually ended up liking it better than Diary...and claims it is the best book EVER. We have recommended to other friends who are also enjoying it at the moment.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    an enjoyable older elementary school science fiction tale

    His parents have rooted for their ten year old son Alex to win his Alien-Slayer 2 game so they can have some peace; he promised them that once he was victorious he would spend the rest of the summer outside. Thus when he wins, his parents rejoice as he has been driving them crazy over the first half of the summer.

    His parents send their six-grader to their brilliant neighbor Herbert Skewg, who shows the preadolescent his latest invention that creates a wormhole shortcut through the space-time continuum. The pair journeys a century into the future to find their hometown run by the kind six tentacle G'Daliens who need a hair make over. The humans and the G'Daliens welcome the time travelers in a friendly way though the latter's diction sounds somewhat Aussie. Herbert and Alex soon become embroiled with preventing a scheme to take over by an outraged G'Dalien Gor-Don who was rejected by a human woman.

    Filled with numerous drawings on almost every page by Rohitash Rao, HERBERT'S WORMHOLE is an enjoyable older elementary school science fiction with a sort of youngster's smirk to the fun story line. Fast-paced once the dynamic duo meet the G'Daliens and the future humans, young readers will enjoy Peter Nelson's exciting futuristic thriller though at times the illustrations distract from the plot especially when they depict something different than the prose on the same page. Still this is a fun romp that will have the audience traveling back to the future with Alex and Herbert.

    Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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