K-Gr 3-- A young boy watches so much television that he turns into a TV monster. The crew of an alien spaceship mistakes the boy for their long lost commander, Colonel Bop. They grab the boy, his dog, and the TV and blast off to their planet, where the boy/monster inexplicably regains his human identity. He rescues his dog and they escape in a vehicle from the used-ship lot. They are able to ward off the pursuing aliens with a television sacrifice. The boy and his dog return to Earth to live happily-ever-after without a TV. If it sounds too outlandish, incredible, and exaggerated to be even slightly amusing, it is. Cartoon-style line-and-wash paintings are as lackluster and unimaginative as the pedestrian text and silly plot. Children, whether TV addicts or not, won't be entertained or convinced of the dangers of television. They certainly won't be sold on books as enjoyment after reading this one. For picture books with an anti-television theme, consider David McPhail's Fix-It (Dutton, 1984) or Dan West's The Day the TV Blew Up (Albert Whitman, 1988). --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, Wis.