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Children's LiteraturePeggy 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