Invasion of the Relatives

Invasion of the Relatives

by Alexander Stadler
     
 
When last we encountered Julian Rodriguez, he'd saved Earth from destruction by bending to the will of his archenemy, Evilomami, and taking out the dreaded trash. In this episode, our hero must don an absurd ceremonial costume and risk contamination at the hands of The Relatives, a band of crude, genetically linked mini-brains. Yet again, Julian saves Earth from total

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When last we encountered Julian Rodriguez, he'd saved Earth from destruction by bending to the will of his archenemy, Evilomami, and taking out the dreaded trash. In this episode, our hero must don an absurd ceremonial costume and risk contamination at the hands of The Relatives, a band of crude, genetically linked mini-brains. Yet again, Julian saves Earth from total annihilation after he realizes that the planet has at least one redeeming quality -- the Earthling delicacy known as empanadas, which his Alpha Nana just happens to be serving for dinner.

PRAISE FOR JULIAN RODRIGUEZ EPISODE ONE:

"First in what readers will hope will be a robust series, this hybrid of fiction and graphic novel dusts off a favorite conceit with a slick swipe of edgy visuals and tart commentary. . . . It’s impossible to read this without laughing." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
First Officer Julian Rodriguez could never have imagined that his greatest peril during his research on the Earth for the Federation, posing as an eight-year-old boy, would be from relatives—aka a group of genetically linked mini-brains). He is daunted by these MBs converging on the home for a festival known as Thanksgiving. He cannot fathom the strange food that they prepare, nor understand some of their language. For example, he asks whether the term, loser, is an insult directed at those who do not appreciate their clumsy genes. The graphic format of this novel provides a delightful read as cartoon illustrations jump off some of the pages of text. The reader readily identifies with the frustrations of the main character as the strange—to him—goings-on unfold. Julian's communication back and forth with the Mothership keeps this story on track. He becomes quite enamored by the Earthling's food, empanadas, and decided to stay on Earth to savor this delicacy while continuing to study the complexities of the Earthlings. His failure to return to the Federation on schedule is truly their loss. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—In this follow-up to Trash Crisis on Earth (Scholastic, 2008), Julian is still acting like an undercover operative for a galactic federation placed on Earth to observe human family rituals. This story focuses on the arrival of relatives for Thanksgiving dinner. Julian is required to sleep in the basement when company occupies his room, play football with his twin cousins, dress formally for dinner, and endure the indignity of having his cheek spit-cleaned by a solicitous nana. Illustrated in black, white, and orange, the pen-and-ink drawings have a scrabbly energy that looks messy at first blush, but provides clear storytelling throughout. The alternating format of the inquiring computer and Julian's report to the federation provides solid read-aloud opportunities. The potential humor exists in the contrast between the ordinariness of the events and the dry, anthropological tone of the descriptions of them, and the arch regard Julian has for humankind. The comic-book panels and narrative balloons are kept to a minimum; this is less of a graphic novel than an illustrated book with some comic-book elements.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442072121
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Julian Rodriguez Series
Pages:
144

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