Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure
  • Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure
  • Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure

Pilot and Huxley: The First Adventure

by Dan McGuiness
     
 

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A perfect blend of silly characters and gross humor that will make kids laugh and yell "eeeww!!!" at the same time.

Pilot & Huxley get zapped to another dimension by aliens seeking to enslave Earth. Things get weird when they traverse a swamp of bees, battle a sea monster, and end up in the nose of a giant dragon. But with help from a girl who can transform into

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A perfect blend of silly characters and gross humor that will make kids laugh and yell "eeeww!!!" at the same time.

Pilot & Huxley get zapped to another dimension by aliens seeking to enslave Earth. Things get weird when they traverse a swamp of bees, battle a sea monster, and end up in the nose of a giant dragon. But with help from a girl who can transform into a monster, they might just make it back home.

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Publishers Weekly
After a late video-game rental puts them on the wrong side of some aliens who want to destroy Earth, innocent boys Pilot and Huxley are transported into an alternate dimension where Huxley's name is the ultimate swear word and boats sail on bees instead of water. Joined by a girl named Brett who can change into a monster--and the pirate she saves from the belly of a sea monster--they sail across the swamp of bees to meet the leader of the dimension, who might be able to send them home. Soon, they're on a quest to prove their worth to the leader, but will the aliens catch up with them before it's too late? Our heroes will see a city inside a dragon's nose and a burger made of live rat before the exciting conclusion.It's delightfully surreal and filled with imaginative dialogue ("This day can't get any worse." "What do you mean? We're on our way to get a giant's nose hair. That's awesome"). McGuinness's illustrations are colorful and kinetic, fitting the tale's many humorous twists. Ages 4�8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Huxley awakes and finds his parents have disappeared. He can't imagine where they are. His friend Pilot calls him and when they get together, Huxley explains that the game that Pilot rented is a week overdue. This is very bad and an inter-dimensional hit man is sent to collect the late fine. Both Huxley and Pilot get zapped into another dimension where they meet Brettney. The adventure gets even wackier when they find themselves in the forest of gruesome death, they see a lake of bees, and a monster coughs out a pirate. In order for Huxley and Pilot to enter through a door that will take them to the leader in order to get help, they need to crawl inside the nose of a monster and bring back the giant's nose hair. I must say, kids will enjoy this part of the book a lot...after all, who wouldn't want to read about a journey through a nose where their shoes get stuck on gross sticky stuff? By the end of the book, many adventures have occurred, and readers have been given enough gross images for a life time. And by gross I mean gross. Who wants a choice of adding rat vomit dipping sauce to a hamburger or crawl through the butt of a slobberfink (bus) to get a ride? They finally end up in a place that is a world of fruit and the reader learns that the adventure is continued. The illustrations are great, the absurd storyline was a bit too much for me, but will be loved by young children—especially boys. The illustrations add much to the story and hopefully, in the next installment, the reader will learn more about the whereabouts of Huxley's parents. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 3�5—Pilot & Huxley follows in the grand tradition of high-interest books like Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic/Blue Sky), which circulate like crazy. After being zapped into another dimension by the Grim Reaper, nervous Huxley and wisecracking Pilot begin a quest to return home. But as strangers in a strange world, it isn't easy. The boys must sail across a sea of bees and pick a sleeping giant's golden nose hair to return to their dimension, fending off aliens along the way. Some jokes are funny, while others are unquestionably dumb. Sarcasm is frequent, and the gross-out humor occasionally goes over-the-top—likely to the delight of young readers and the horror of some grown-ups. The cartoon artwork isn't sophisticated. The layout, too, is simplistic. While these elements detract from the richness of the reading experience, they do make the barrier to entry extremely low, allowing just about any reader to pick up this offering and follow right along. A graphic novel that keeps the madcap plot moving and the jokes coming, it will certainly appeal to boy readers, but may not leave a lasting impression.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI
Kirkus Reviews

A zany, gross-out graphic novel that reads like a madcap, G-rated South Park episode. One fateful morning, the eponymous protagonists find themselves zapped into an another dimension by the Grim Reaper, who has quit reaping souls (there is no "future in death") and now works as an "interdimensional hit man debt collector" for a gaggle of evil Vorconian aliens. This other dimension is a vast, nauseating mélange of snot, boogers and more snot. The two boys navigate their way through the one-joke, nonsensical land until they face their opponents in a quick, revolting battle. Simplistic art mingles with erratic characterization and inane storylines to form a rather weak series opener. Admittedly funny one-liners aside, the entire narrative feels slapdash, propelled by one deus ex machina after another, a conceit that grows old exceptionally quickly. While the ick factor is high, the actual plot is pretty thin; still, Captain Underpants fans will probably enjoy this mucous-drenched romp. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545265041
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Series:
Pilot & Huxley Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 11.74(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
GN400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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