Mungo and the Spiders from Space

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3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Blast off! Mungo is set for the space adventure of a lifetime, until he fi nds the final pages of his new comic book have been - noooo! - ripped out. Even more alarming, Mungo has been pulled in! Into the book, that is. Can this pajama-clad boy defeat the evil Dr. Frankenstinker? Can he stand his ground against a gnashing, slashing Gobblebeast? Can he outsmart an entire robot spider army?

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Overview

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Blast off! Mungo is set for the space adventure of a lifetime, until he fi nds the final pages of his new comic book have been - noooo! - ripped out. Even more alarming, Mungo has been pulled in! Into the book, that is. Can this pajama-clad boy defeat the evil Dr. Frankenstinker? Can he stand his ground against a gnashing, slashing Gobblebeast? Can he outsmart an entire robot spider army?

The perils are many, the laughs are many more, and the illustrations are - oh, heck, it's true - out of this world! Here's a pitch-perfect space romp for every aspiring astronaut, or anyone who loves a Gobblebeast run amok.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Mungo's love of space objects and interest in space travel is close to obsessive based on the decor of his bedroom, which is filled with models of robots, spaceships, and alien creatures. When his mom gives him an old comic book found at a garage sale, Mungo takes one look at the title (Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe) and begs his mother to read it aloud right then. She willingly obliges, but just as they reach the most exciting part, they discover the last pages of the book are missing. Mungo's mom challenges him to make up his own ending and leaves the room. Mungo jumps into the story and saves the Earth from the evil Dr. Frankensticker and his monstrous creations. Brightly colored cartoon illustrations blast from the pages of this oversize book. Double-page spreads feature an action-filled scene in the center surrounded by insets with more action, creating a comic book type format. A fun imaginary journey for young children. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Mungo's interest in space is obvious from the opening scene of his bedroom and its decor. At bedtime, he is given a tattered comic book called Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe! As the child and his mother read it together, they find that the last page has been ripped out. When he asks his mom, "What happens next?" her reply of "Why don't you make up an ending?" has the young hero becoming part of the space adventure. He rescues Captain Galacticus and recovers the story's last page through a series of encounters with alien monsters. The brightly colored comic-style illustrations will appeal to young fans looking for action and adventure. The over-the-top descriptions of the battle are filled with made-up words sure to tickle listeners' funny bones, as when evil Dr. Frankenstinker is "poinked" in the bottom. This action-packed book will find a following among fans of Mini Grey's "Traction Man" series (Knopf).-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

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Mungo is obsessed with outer space. His bedspread's covered with spaceships, and even his teddy bear looks ready for blast-off. His mom knows her son will love the tattered comic book she found at a garage sale-Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe!-and she's right. Oversized, colorful, action-packed pages reveal Captain Galacticus and his cute she-robot Gizmo "taking the GNASHING, SLASHING GOBBLEBEAST to space prison for eating two galaxies and a Mars." Just as a gigantic robot spider begins tickling the Captain, Mungo and his mother discover the book's last page is missing! Fortunately, a rocket ship transports the boy into the adventure and predictably, Mungo saves the day. Stower's wild, comical illustrations are fun and artfully rendered, but the various hard-to-read typefaces are more dizzying than playfully chaotic. Indeed, the ingredients of an outrageous space fantasy are all here in this lively British import, along with a Captain Underpants sensibility (think ass-teroid jokes), but the superficially zesty story and dialogue seem stale. Ardent fans of gigantic robot spiders may not mind. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803732773
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Knapman lives in England.

Adam Stower lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    ALL AGE Kids LOVE this book!

    I was a substitute teacher - now home daycare provider. I have read this story to kids from ages 3-13. They all love the story! It is a blast to read and the pictures are wonderful. Story is funny and everyone always wants to read it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    Mungo is just what our grandson loves

    Our six year old grandson spends lots of time looking at the illustrations and reading the book. He absolutely loves it. Each page is filled with complex illustrations, and he reads the book frequently.

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