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Max is convinced that aliens are coming for him, and he can't wait. Living with aliens will be a hundred times better than living with his pesky big brother and listening to his father's boring questions about school. His alien mom won't make him eat broccoli or wear clean underwear, and playing basketball will be a snap where there's little gravity. No one at home or school believes Max, even though he's an expert on space-but they'll be surprised when he's gone. Told in an authentically childlike voice, this is...

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Max is convinced that aliens are coming for him, and he can't wait. Living with aliens will be a hundred times better than living with his pesky big brother and listening to his father's boring questions about school. His alien mom won't make him eat broccoli or wear clean underwear, and playing basketball will be a snap where there's little gravity. No one at home or school believes Max, even though he's an expert on space-but they'll be surprised when he's gone. Told in an authentically childlike voice, this is a funny and far-flying fantasy-which maybe isn't a fantasy after all!

Illustrated by Jack E. Davis.

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They'll Believe Me When I'm Gone, by Amy Axelrod, illus. by Jack E. Davis, brings back Max and his awful older sibling (from My Last Chance Brother) in a new comic fantasy. Max, waiting for aliens to take him away, imagines all the ways in which his new family will be superior to his present one (he'll never have to eat broccoli or wear underwear, etc.). Imaginative details and wacky, exaggerated artwork depict Max on a two-week space adventure, leaving behind a purple alien counterpart. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-Gr 3-Max dreams of swapping his family for a new one from outer space. His fantasies include having an alien mom who "won't sniff my face every night to check that I've really washed with soap," an alien dad who can read minds and never asks "dumb questions," and an alien brother with a "very tiny" mouth. After several nights of sending signals with his flashlight, Max packs his bags and waits expectantly in the backyard with his dad. A wordless spread shows him trading places with a purple, pointy-headed counterpart. However, he doesn't want to leave home for good, and he promises to return in two weeks, vowing to help his father realize his own childhood fantasy of digging a hole to China. Davis's exaggerated cartoons are a good match for this far-fetched story. The brightly colored artwork is filled with varying perspectives and close-ups of humorous-looking characters. Children will laugh at the illustration of the alien son wearing clean underwear and having his face scrubbed. A wacky tale told from a child's point of view.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Young Max may be surrounded by laughing skeptics, but he's utterly convinced that aliens are going to take him away from his pesky big brother Gordon, broccoli, and similar nuisances. Do you doubt? Max gets the last laugh when little purple people really do sweep down to carry him off, leaving one of their number behind to take over the chores and be fussed over by Mom and Dad. Davis fills each scene with close-ups of pop-eyed human figures beneath zany haircuts, and leaves Max flashing a smug thumbs-up as his flying saucer departs. More wish-fulfillment featuring the contentious sibs introduced in My Last Chance Brother (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525466604
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/14/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Axelrod and Jack E. Davis teamed up as author and illustrator on the first book about Max and his family, My Last Chance Brother, which Booklist called "kooky" and "comical." Amy Axelrod is the author of the popular Pigs Will Be Pigs series.

Jack E. Davis has illustrated many other picture books, including Marsupial Sue, by John Lithgow.

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    Bored Me Till I Cried

    OMG! This book made me cry because I was so bored. Want to know where this book is? In the garbage! I can't stand it! If you like this book then you need to get a reality check! Don't buy those of you who still have a life!

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