SPHDZ 4 Life!

SPHDZ 4 Life!

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by Jon Scieszka, Shane Prigmore
     
 

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Don’t miss the stunning, riveting, hilarious, and 100% fresh conclusion to the interactive Spaceheadz saga!

The SPHDZ accomplished their goal of recruiting 3.14 million and one SPHDZ. But the brainwave has been stolen by the chief of the Anti Alien Agency, and it’s up to Michael K., the SPHDZ, and their allies to get it back.

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Overview

Don’t miss the stunning, riveting, hilarious, and 100% fresh conclusion to the interactive Spaceheadz saga!

The SPHDZ accomplished their goal of recruiting 3.14 million and one SPHDZ. But the brainwave has been stolen by the chief of the Anti Alien Agency, and it’s up to Michael K., the SPHDZ, and their allies to get it back.

With three potential Chief sightings, the team is spread around the world, leaving Michael K., Venus, TJ, and the SPHDZ to hold down the fort and finish fifth grade. But with a mysterious new principal and graduation fast approaching, will they be able to find the missing brainwave before the Chief uses it to destroy a planet?

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
“Spaceheadz...uses the Internet in the most straightforward—but also the most entertaining—way.”
Booklist
"Scieszka's winning combo of world-saving action and slapstick humor along with Prigmore's illustrations, particularly of the taco-disguised Agent Umber, add to the laugh-a-minute fun. Series fans will be pleased by the satisfying ending and the inevitable website tie-ins. New readers should start from the beginning of the series, but a forthcoming box set of the complete run will make that especially easy."
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 4–7—Michael K., along with his fellow spaceheadz, and the various organizations he has encountered over the past three books, have returned to foil the chief's plans of sending Earth into oblivion. By holding out his brainwave, Michael K. prevents the 3.14 million and one brainwave globe from powering the ultimate destruction device; the red hot ray. The chief, in a plot to get Michael K's coveted brain wave, sends diversions all over the globe, leaving Michael and friends to finish fifth grade alone. When the new principal starts assigning television, texting, and videogames as homework, Michael gets suspicious. The quirky plot, zippy dialogue, zany art, and abundant action will keep easily distracted readers moving at full pace. Individual pages with complimentary science are interspersed through the book for interesting, but not overwhelming, interludes. The extensive catalog of characters and winding storyline make this a tough read without prior Spaceheadz knowledge, but will make an excellent addition where the previous installments are popular. The related website is a fun supplement to the story.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
From the Publisher
* “Artwork and text have rarely worked so well together…. Hysterical, sneakily instructive fun. You will be SPHDZ!”

* “Science-fiction fans with a taste for off the-wall humor will be eager to join the SPHDZ movement.”

“Spaceheadz...uses the Internet in the most straightforward—but also the most entertaining—way.”

“CLINICALLY PROVEN entertainment for fans old and new!”

“Lots of humor leads this multiplatform effort with links to Web sites that are sure to expand the series’ fan base.”

“Fans will be in heaven, especially at the certainty of further installments.”

"With plenty of twists, lots of well-timed comic noises, and even a hilarious section narrated by

Major Fluffy, this is sure to delight fans, while recruiting new ones. Another laugh factory between covers."

* “Artwork and text have rarely worked so well together…. Hysterical, sneakily instructive fun. You will be SPHDZ!”

Children's Literature - Kim Dare
When we last left our heroes, Michael K. and his friends had just reached their goal of recruiting 3.14 million earthlings to be SPHDZ. But achieving their goal may NOT prevent Earth from being turned off, because the chief of the Anti-Alien Agency has fooled them all and is, in fact, an evil alien who has stolen the brainwave that they collected. However, if Michael K. can hold out his own brainwave, the chief will not have the necessary “plus one,” and disaster may be averted. The chief has plans of his own, and it is anybody’s guess whether he’s going to be able to bllrrp the planet Gonf before he manages to turn off Earth. Will Michael K., Venus, and TJ make it to fifth-grade graduation? This madcap final installment of this series is full of the action and zaniness that fans have come to expect, although jumping into this title without reading the prior three will be confusing. Shane Prigmore’s illustrations add to the fun, and the corresponding websites allow readers to immerse themselves more fully in the SPHDZ world. Reviewer: Kim Dare; Ages 7 to 10.
Kirkus Reviews
With the evil SPHDZ in control of the Brainwave, is there any hope left for mankind…or hamsterkind? Brooklyn fifth-grader Michael K., his human friends Venus and TJ and their alien buddies Jennifer, Bob and Major Fluffy are at a total loss. They reached their goal of recruiting 3.14 million earthlings to be SPHDZ, but the chief of the Anti-Alien Agency turned out to be an evil alien. He stole the brainwave they had collected. Now, the group, along with unlikely allies Agents Umber and Hot Magenta of the AAA, DarkWave X agents Delta, Tango and Foxtrot, and Mom K., Dad K. and Baby K., lives in fear that he will use it to bllrrp the planet Gonf and then turn off Earth. They can't figure out why the chief hasn't used it yet, and they have gone through plans A through Y to try to recover it. When the chief's plan is revealed, it's going to take the whole biosphere to cut him down to size. The madcap conclusion to Scieszka and Prigmore's delusionally frenetic and fantastically silly series will delight SPHDZ across the land, but it probably isn't a great place to start this Internet-integrated, highly illustrated quartet. Start youngsters with the first, and they will be SPHDZ (and readers) for life. Secret codes…science and math tidbits…hamster-translation websites…and the odd flying whale. ULTRA FRESH! (Humorous science fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416979586
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Spaceheadz Series, #4
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
756,188
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka is the creator of Trucktown, including the New York Times bestselling Smash, Crash!, and the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man, and many other books that inspire kids to want to read. He has worked as an elementary school teacher and is the founder of GuysRead.com, a literacy initiative for boys.

Shane Prigmore is an accomplished professional in the animation, film, and illustration fields. Shane won an Annie Award for his design work on the stop motion feature Coraline. He has also contributed his numerous talents to such projects as: How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Iron Giant...to name a few. Shane resides in Los Angeles.

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SPHDZ 4 Life!

  • Spring bloomed beautiful in Brooklyn.

    Flowers unfolded.

    Bees buzzed.

    A flock of pigeons circled high in the bright blue sky.

    But none of that mattered.

    Because

    1. the chief of the AAA had turned out to be a bad Spaceheadz in disguise!

    2. the chief had stolen the Spaceheadz Brainwave!

    3. the chief was going to bllrrp the planet Gonf!

    4. the chief was sure to turn off Earth!

    And now the only group that could stop him was down to its last plan.

    Michael K./his friends Venus and TJ/Spaceheadz Bob, Jennifer, and Major Fluffy/DarkWave X agents Delta, Echo, and Foxtrot/Mom K., Dad K., and Baby K./AAA agents Hot Magenta and Umber sat around the table inside Spaceheadz HQ.

    The flickering light of the Spaceheadz TVs lit their very serious faces.

    “We’ve tried everything,” said DarkWave X agent Delta.

    “We are beat,” said Dad K.

    “So not LEMON FRESH,” said Bob.

    “Eeeek eeee eeee,” said Major Fluffy.

    “Gooo goo gah,” agreed Baby K.

    Michael K. stood up at the head of the table. “We have to take back our Brainwave and save the world. We are not beat yet.”

    Everyone around the table grumbled.

    “We have ALL NATURAL failed our SPHDZ assignment,” said Jennifer.

    “We are FAT FREE SPHDZ disgrace,” said Bob.

    The Spaceheadz HQ TV screens flashed a checkerboard of commercials showing steaming tacos, value-menu cheeseburgers, extra-cheesy cheese puffs, hot chunky salsa, and red-hot potato chips.

    “We’ve tried everything,” said TJ. “What else can we do?”

    “Week eeek eee eeek eee,” Major Fluffy suggested. “Squee eeek eek eeee eek eek eee eee.”

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