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Herbert's Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre

Herbert's Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre

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by Peter Nelson, Rohitash Rao (Illustrator)

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In the interest of brevity, the publishers of this book have asked its stars—Sammi, Alex, and Herbert—to sum up their latest adventures in one word.


In the interest of brevity, the publishers of this book have asked its stars—Sammi, Alex, and Herbert—to sum up their latest adventures in one word.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Loretta Caravette
This is the second book in the "Herbert Wormhole" stories. If you liked the first book you will be happy to know the zaniness continues. The story opens with Alex, our main character, watching his dad—unshaven and still in his pajamas playing with Alex's video game—Alien Invader. Last summer that would have been Alex sitting there in the dark playing game after game. But thanks to his mom's insistence, Alex has found another way to fight aliens. Unbeknownst to his parents, Alex and his friends: Sammi Clementine and Herbert Slewg, have discovered a wormhole that takes them 100 years into the future. In the future, these three are believed to be alien slayers. They are heroes and their presence always draws thousands of people who live with friendly aliens (chubby, eight-tentacled, squid-like aliens called G'Dalien with razor sharp teeth). But one alien is not at all happy with the kids and wants to prove to the community that they are not alien slayers. So this G'Dalien contacts the mean and dangerous Klapthorians. The Klapthorians are the same aliens that destory the G'Dalien's planet forcing them to flee to earth. The Klapthorians will stop at nothing to get Lunn-chmuny and they are speeding toward earth. The three friends are not prepared to save the day but they must. This silly and fun story will be of great interest to boys. The drawings interspersed throughout the book break up the large text and makes it a fun and easy read—once you get past the few "alien" words. Reviewer: Loretta Caravette
Kirkus Reviews
The three squabbling young time travelers introduced in Herbert's Wormhole (2009) again save their future hometown from alien invaders. Real ones, this time. A selective memory wipe has convinced Alex that the video-game monsters he and his buddies Herbert and Sammi had "killed" in the previous episode were real, and he's bored by the subsequent lack of AlienSlayer action. Accordingly, he rashly makes a jeering interstellar phone call to the hostile Klapthorians to schedule an annihilation of Earth. Suffused with satiric line drawings as well as direct and indirect homages to Captain Underpants, the ensuing antics zigzag happily. They take readers from this time to the next century, from Merwinsville to the Moon on the way to a suitably titanic battle with not one but TWO giant Klapthorian Death Slugs. (OK, one's a parade balloon, but still.) Ultimately Alex comes to realize that even with a Mexican wrestling mask and a new moniker (see title) he's not going to get by without a little help from his friends. A fine supporting cast consisting largely of squidlike, Aussie-accented "G'Daliens" and a supercomputer aptly dubbed the SarcasmaTron provide additional yuks. More lightweight farce, with a good chance of further sequels. (Science fiction. 7-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Herbert, Alex, and Sammi are back in all their AlienSlaying fame and glory in this sequel to Herbert's Wormhole (HarperCollins, 2009). With the help of their alien-slaying replica space suits from their favorite video game, AlienSlayer 2, they climb onto Alex's jungle gym and travel through a wormhole 100 years into the future. There they are famous for slaying evil aliens in a world where G'Daliens coexist with humans. When Alex eggs on the G'Daliens' archenemies, bullies known as the Klapthorians, he finds himself in a battle to determine Earth's fate, and his only hope is to find his 111-year-old self to help the trio defeat the villains. Although the book is only moderately paced, the plot is humorous and the characters are fairly well developed. The black-and-white drawings are amusing and add to the story. Fans of the first book and readers who enjoy science fiction, adventure, aliens, and humor will like this one.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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. Peter grew up in New England, where he made up weird stories and invented strange games for the enjoyment of his two younger brothers, Sean and David. They’ve never forgiven him for it.  Herbert’s Wormhole is 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.

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Herbert's Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totoaly awsome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite one. Tops the last book in my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but its not quite as good as the first one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The ending may seem a little weird, though.