Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!

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Dear possible reader of this book,
After I wrote my first book, It Came from Beneath the Bed!, my editor asked me to write another one. (Another one! This is hard work! I'd like to see him write another one!) So anyway...in this book the lovable and smart (not to mention talented) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie and his friend, the beautiful and brilliant Delilah, face their biggest challenge yet: the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!? Along the way Delilah gets turned into ...

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Overview

Dear possible reader of this book,
After I wrote my first book, It Came from Beneath the Bed!, my editor asked me to write another one. (Another one! This is hard work! I'd like to see him write another one!) So anyway...in this book the lovable and smart (not to mention talented) wirehaired dachshund puppy named Howie and his friend, the beautiful and brilliant Delilah, face their biggest challenge yet: the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!™ Along the way Delilah gets turned into a squirrel and has to beg for acorns. (Hey, don't ask me! Read the book!)
Your friend,
Howie

In his new book, Howie the wire-haired dachshund writes all about how the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6 invade Earth and how he and his friend Delilah save the day.

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Editorial Reviews

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The wirehaired wordsmith has his damp nose to the grindstone again! Howie the dachshund has written a tall sci-fi tale, and it's a whopper. This time, an evil group of aliens comes to Earth disguised as squirrels, out to conquer the planet by transferring their minds into Earthlings' bodies. Unfortunately, one Mind Swapper from Asteroid 6!™ (trademark courtesy of Howie) puts his mind in Delilah's doggie frame and takes her body aboard the ship. But when the real Delilah comes up with an ending that's very smart and awfully slobbery, Earth (and Howie's story) is thankfully saved. Loaded with laughs and complemented with illustrations from Series of Unfortunate Events artist Brett Helquist, James Howe's second tale from the House of Bunnicula is out of this world.
Publishers Weekly
There's nothing like a series to keep kids turning pages. Bunnicula's family is back, and Uncle Harold steps aside to let Howie, the family dachshund, tell all in It Came from Beneath the Bed!, the first in the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series by James Howe, illus. by Brett Helquist. The inaugural adventure finds the doggy fighting off a marauding stuffed animal culled from the clutter. In Book 2, Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!, Howie must save Delilah from aliens and thwart their plan to take over the planet. With Helquist's illustrations and a tongue-in-cheek note to readers on the back of the book, the unjacketed hardcovers bear a strong resemblance to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. For Beach Reading... Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This fanciful tale forms the second half of a double-sided volume of Tales from the House of Bunnicula, along with It Came from Beneath the Bed! Like its companion, this story is narrated by the youthful Howie the dachshund, nephew of Harold, the original canine narrator of Bunnicula. It features the same conceit of a journal-within-the-story, delineating Howie's struggles with the author's craft as he spins his second plot. This time, the weirdness in the Monroe household has spread to the entire town of Centerville, where the inhabitants have been taken over by aliens obsessed with world domination. Once again, readers are treated to the unfolding of a ridiculous, clichéd storyline, redeemed only by the ongoing commentary in Howie's "writing journal" chapters. Howie's attempts to placate all his editorial critics, including the love of his life, Delilah, a blond canine bombshell who features heavily in the alien-invasion plot, move this silly story into the realm of the enjoyably absurd. Savvy youngsters will appreciate Howie's attempts to create brand-name recognition for his tale, and his dreams of riches through the wonders of licensing. 2002, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
— Michele Tremaine
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Here, Howie writes a story in which his friend Delilah is being turned into a squirrel by aliens from another planet. In alternating chapters, he talks to readers about his writing process, his inspirations for ideas, and his editor's request that he write another book. These entries are delightful. Howie is constantly complaining about his difficulties in writing the book and developing Delilah's character. The story-within-a-story is secondary to the pup's journal. This book is lighthearted fun, illustrated with humorous black-and-white drawings of Howie's and Delilah's experiences.-Wendy S. Carroll, Grant Elementary School, Ridgefield Park, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689839504
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Tales From the House of Bunnicula Series , #2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 732,004
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    It left me speechles

    The mysteries he callscliff hangers really left me speechles!!!!!!!!!!!!It is so COOL!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    I loved it before i read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    It was Great!

    I think this book was perfect. James Howe did a good job again. I like this book because it was very funny. I loved the characters in the book. The mystery story was great fun. I would like to read more in this series.

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