SPHDZ Book #2! (Spaceheadz Series #2)


The campaign is going well. The SPHDZ word is getting out. 1000's of kids have signed up to say they are SPHDZ. But things haven't gotten any easier for Michael K. The SPHDZ are still trying to blend in to our Earth culture, but not very successfully. They're still mixing up Thanksgiving, cartoon plots, holidays, and commercials. This makes it especially hard for Michael K. to both hide the SPHDZ from Agent Umber and accomplish the SPHDZ Mission. He's forced to enlist the help ...

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The campaign is going well. The SPHDZ word is getting out. 1000's of kids have signed up to say they are SPHDZ. But things haven't gotten any easier for Michael K. The SPHDZ are still trying to blend in to our Earth culture, but not very successfully. They're still mixing up Thanksgiving, cartoon plots, holidays, and commercials. This makes it especially hard for Michael K. to both hide the SPHDZ from Agent Umber and accomplish the SPHDZ Mission. He's forced to enlist the help of fellow fifth graders, Venus and TJ.

When they (Michael K. and the SPHDZ) are given the assignment to write and perform the school play, Umber thinks he's closing in on the aliens...the kindergartners playing the turkeys.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The second volume in Scieszka and Prigmore’s nutty, antic series offers more goofy fun.... CLINICALLY PROVEN entertainment for fans old and new!"--Kirkus

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

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Fifth grader Michael K., his friends Venus and TJ, and three aliens named Bob, Jennifer and Major Fluffy, (who are Spaceheadz), are caught up in new adventures. They must get more than three million youngsters to register online as Spaceheadz so that the earth will not be turned off. But Michael K. has only been able to get 7,351 and time is running out. Fortunately, tech-savvy Jennifer figures out that using earth time will give them twenty-nine days to reach the goal. Another big problem for Michael K. and his friends is Agent Umber of the Anti Alien Agency (AAA) and his boss who are actively trying to capture Jennifer, Bob and Major Fluffy. Agent Umber is most anxious to redeem himself from earlier failure. When Michael K. chooses the Kindergarten Play as the class project for his team, he has no idea that it involves an actual performance for the parent-student-teacher meeting. Other sub plots concern Michael K.'s mother who works for ZIA and his dad who is developing a slogan for DarkWave X. The very funny conclusion relates the mass confusion that develops when the kindergartners, the fifth graders and the aliens attempt to perform their play that is based on "Little Red Riding Hood." The cartoon like black-and-white drawings are perfectly attuned to the whole zany, crazy story. Place this volume on the top of the buy list, as kids familiar with Scieszka's work are sure to make it fly off the shelves. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Michael K. and space aliens Jen, Bob, and Major Fluffy (former class hamster) continue their quest to save the world by getting 3.14 million kids to sign up on the spaceheadz website. This time Jen's dramatic reaction to a blob of blueberry yogurt causes electromagnetic chaos and leads AAA Agent Umber to P.S. 858. Two of Michael K.'s tech-savvy classmates, Venus and TJ, join in to help beef up the website and run the kindergarten production of "Little Red Riding Hood," while Umber tries to find the aliens using one crazy disguise after another. Jen and Bob are the hyper and exhausting kind of aliens, speaking in advertising slogans and ready to use WWF moves at the drop of a hat, which makes sense, since it turns out that they are about five years old in Spaceheadz years. The book includes new websites plus updates to the originals and odd bits of information about camouflage and mimicry. Buy where Book #1 (S & S, 2010) is popular.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Tapped to save the world by advertisement-spouting alien SPHDZ Jen and Bob (who resemble human kids), beleaguered fifth grader Michael K. continues his quest to recruit 3.14 million earthlings to be Spaceheadz lest the Earth be turned off. Even more beleaguered Anti-Alien Agency Agent Umber continues his quest to find the aliens in or near Brooklyn PS 858. Michael K. has some help in new friends Venus and TJ, but the whole group has to act as Big Buddies to the kindergarteners and help with their class play, while Spaceheadz General Accounting has given them one hour to get 1 million new Spaceheadz (thank goodness one Spaceheadz hour equals 700 Earth hours). Can they boost recruitment without giving themselves away? Will Agent Umber ever succeed at anything? Will the plumbing at PS 858 survive the surplus World War II rations the kids all eat? The second volume in Scieszka and Prigmore's nutty, antic series offers more goofy fun with some pretty obvious setup for episode three. The integrated websites will be updated and supplemented to extend the laughs. CLINICALLY PROVEN entertainment for fans old and new! (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416979548
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Series: Spaceheadz Series, #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 624,450
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

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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The two aliens attacked P.S. 858 before the first morning bell.

They waved their slimy purple tentacles. They blasted laser bolts into the air. And, weirdly enough, they waved large shopping bags decorated with orange pumpkins.

A whole pile of kindergartners ran screaming into school.

A couple first and second graders tried to hide behind the monkey bars.

It was chaos, panic, and more chaos.

Michael K. and most of the fifth graders stood back in their usual corner of the playground. They were trapped. Caught between the metal chain-link fence on either side and the fearsome purple and orange aliens in front of them.

“We are going to die!” yelled Ryan.

“Every man for himself!” yelled Jose.

The aliens slimed closer, cutting off any escape.

That’s when Michael K. saw the third little hamster-size alien poking his head out of one of the shopping bags. He suddenly knew exactly who these aliens were.

“Oh, no,” said Michael K.

The little alien waved a tentacle at Michael K.

Classmate Venus saw the little wave to Michael K. Venus gave Michael K. a punch in the arm. “What the heck is going on? Do you know these aliens?”

“Well,” said Michael K. “Not really. Kind of. Maybe?”

“What?” said Venus.

The aliens raised their laser blasters.

Michael K. shook his head in confusion.

How had this gone so terribly wrong? The Spaceheadz had been getting better at blending in lately. Maybe they still weren’t completely good at acting like real people. And the sphdz.com website wasn’t getting as many hits as they had hoped.…

But that was no reason to completely freak out and just go all alien-blaster-attack crazy on everybody.

This would completely blow their cover.

This would be sure to attract the Anti-Alien Agency, AAA for short.

This would be sure to get Earth turned off.

There was no way Michael K. was going to be able to fix this mess.

The first bell rang.

Mrs. Halley appeared in the back door. “What in the world?”

The alien with the funny hair turned toward Mrs. Halley.

Michael K. covered his eyes.

Michael K. knew that life on planet Earth might soon be over.

He just didn’t want to see it end this way.

© 2010 JRS Worldwide LLC

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