A picture-book account of one of the most famous pieces of radio history!
* “Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. The author closes with a substantial note that analyzes the broadcast’ immediate and long-term effects, points out that the announcers repeatedly admitted that they were presenting a drama during the broadcast, mentions several later revivals here and internationally and notes the response of H.G. Wells himself to the original production. She has also set up an invitingly designed Web site with an array of relevant links.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
An ALA–ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
An IRA–CBC Children’s Choice
A Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice
A 2006 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meghan McCarthy has a knack for pulling out the most interesting aspects for children and creating a book that is accurate and enthralling without the feel of non fiction. My boys loved the illustrations and the pacing and were amazed that this great book was actually about a real event in history. Try her book on Seabiscut for another historical and inspiring picture book winner. I will be reading both to my library students this year. I will use the actual tapes of the broadcast for the kids after we read this book...I am doing this with 1st-5th grades.
30 October 1938. A day of panic & pandemonium or entertainment & fun? According to CBS radio - Columbia Broadcasting System - there was a Martian invasion occurring. It was a play put on by actors from the Mercury Theatre on CBS radio. This tale is informative, educational, fun to read, comical, and entertaining, since the readers know that this is fiction. *Delightful escape from reality for young readers, especially those that enjoy sci-fi stories and fascinating "pranks."