Aliens Are Coming!

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Peggy the pig is back in a new easy-to-read escapade just as funny as The Viper. "The Aliens have landed!" scream news reports. And they're coming nearer! What's a petrified piggy to do? Kids will love figuring out before Peggy does that the Aliens are not extraterrestrials but a popular rock band.

Young fans of the silly, endearing Peggy will applaud this delightful follow-up to the hit The Viper, about which School Library Journal raved: ...

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Overview

Peggy the pig is back in a new easy-to-read escapade just as funny as The Viper. "The Aliens have landed!" scream news reports. And they're coming nearer! What's a petrified piggy to do? Kids will love figuring out before Peggy does that the Aliens are not extraterrestrials but a popular rock band.

Young fans of the silly, endearing Peggy will applaud this delightful follow-up to the hit The Viper, about which School Library Journal raved: "Few beginning readers are as good as this one. . . ."

Peggy becomes very worried when she hears that the Aliens are coming, but then she learns that they are a rock band.

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Peggy Pig of The Viper is back again in the second "Silly Thriller" of the wacky series for beginning readers. Peggy is round and pink with a wardrobe for all occasions and a rather hysterical nature. This time Peggy hears on the radio that aliens are invading Europe, which news she can accept with aplomb until she hears that they are crossing the ocean and coming ever closer to California. When her friend Kathy the cat arrives to take her to see the Aliens, Peggy panics. Amid flashing lights and a crowd of chanting animals, Peggy finally learns the truth about the Aliens. It is not as amusing as the surprise at the end of The Viper, but this short adventure for the youngest readers has plenty of action and Thiesinger's just-right watercolors offer not only fun, but some subliminal information on communications and geography as Peggy consults radios, newspapers, television, a globe, two maps, and an atlas. The silly story would also work as a read-aloud for pre-readers; it might even be dramatized by a group of aspiring actors for presentation to another class. 2004, Dutton, Ages 5 to 8.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Peggy the Pig, first introduced in The Viper (Dutton, 2002), returns in this amusing beginning reader. The fast-paced, suspenseful text describes how she hears a radio report that the "Aliens are coming," and then becomes more and more worried as they journey closer and closer to her home. She tracks their progress on the map, buys emergency supplies, and cowers inside her house. At the conclusion of this story, when her friend drags her out to a concert, Peggy finally realizes that she has misunderstood just who the "Aliens" really are. The comical illustrations reveal that the pig lives in an earlier era: she wears a poodle skirt and scarf and fiddles with the dials of an old-fashioned radio. This clever tale will appeal to newly independent readers.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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In this lighthearted riff on both Beatlemania and Orson Welles's "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Peggy-cast in Thiesing's high-energy cartoon illustrations as a pig with a period wardrobe headlined by a pink poodle skirt-becomes increasingly alarmed at media reports that "Aliens" are taking over the world. New readers can follow the invasion's progress on background maps and globes, as Europe falls, followed by Japan, California, and the rest of the US in succession. Eventually, Peggy's upstate New York town is next, and her terror knows no bounds-until the music starts, and she opens her eyes to see a quintet of canine musicians up on the stage. You guessed it. In no time, she's joined the dance, exclaiming, "They're out of this world!" Rock on. (Easy reader. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525472773
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Lexile: 320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Thiesing has illustrated and written many fun books for children.

Lisa grew up in New York City and was a typical city kid. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1980 with a BFA in illustration.

Lisa has always wanted to do children's books and is particularly proud of the Silly Thrillers with Peggy the Pig that she has done with Dutton.

Lisa now lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats.

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