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Review: Spaceheadz

May 8, 2010

On his first day in a new school, Michael K is grouped with two other students, Bob and Jennifer, and boy, are they different!  Being a typical 5th grader, Michael K just wants to fit in, so he tries his best to distance himself from Bob and Jennifer.

Agent Umber is a bumbling agent from the Anti Alien Agency.  He’s struggling in his job, and he’s trying to find that one case that will make his career.

It turns out that Bob and Jennifer are actually aliens from another planet and everything they know about Earth, they learned from TV.  They’re here to recruit 3.14 million Spaceheadz and if they’re not succesful they’ll turn the Earth off.

Spaceheadz is the first book in a new series by Jon Scieszka and Francesco Sedita that’s sure to be a hit with early middle grade readers.  It’s loads of fun and has great illustrations by Shane Prigmore.

You can’t help but like poor Michael K – he just wants to be a regular kid and not be associated with with the kids who are so different.  When he discovers that it’s up to him to save the Earth, he literally has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Bob and Jennifer are hilarious – they don’t understand what ordinary things like toilet paper are for and they spout out jingles from commercials at the funniest times.  Jennifer eats pencils and Bob pats fire hydrants.  Agent Umber and his struggles are pretty funny too.

The suggested age range for Spaceheadz is 7 to 10, but I think it will appeal more to the younger ones in that group.  I also think that boys will particularly enjoy this book.  It’s sure to keep their attention and make them laugh.  Check out the cool Spaceheadz web site.

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Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. May 8, 2010 8:05 am

    This sounds cute. I am always on a lookout for something that will grab my reluctant 10 year old reader. It’s not that easy. This might be below him, but will pitch it to him anyway. He has a killer sense of humor.

  2. May 8, 2010 8:55 am

    I need to read this one to Booking Son. He’d love it! Now I just have to find it! LOL!

  3. May 8, 2010 9:36 am

    I received this one too and currently one of the 5th grade teachers is using it in her book club class!!

  4. May 8, 2010 10:31 am

    This sounds like a fun read for kids. I am actually itching to read this myself. LOL

  5. May 8, 2010 11:37 am

    I’d pick it up for the cover alone. But – I like the plot line. It sounds like the kind of story my oldest granddaughter loves to tell and write. I’ll have to share the book with her.

  6. May 8, 2010 1:20 pm

    that looks very cute…hmmmm…do I know any seven year olds…

  7. May 8, 2010 3:01 pm

    These kinds of books are fun for adults to read, too, either to their children or to themselves. Great review! 🙂

  8. May 8, 2010 4:28 pm

    How funny – I have almost exactly the same comment as Julie – now I want to read this but I wonder where I put it?!!!!

  9. May 8, 2010 4:36 pm

    Oh, good, I’m glad you liked this one. I’ve got it on the stacks and it’s a small one so I think I’ll try to knock that out, today. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. May 8, 2010 9:46 pm

    I loved Jon Scieszka’s book Math Curse; he is so good with words!

  11. Kathleen permalink
    May 9, 2010 12:56 am

    My son would have loved this when he was young!

  12. May 9, 2010 11:55 am

    This paragraph got me laughing: Bob and Jennifer are hilarious – they don’t understand what ordinary things like toilet paper are for and they spout out jingles from commercials at the funniest times. Jennifer eats pencils and Bob pats fire hydrants.

    What a fun book to read!

  13. May 9, 2010 8:03 pm

    Boy that Jon Scieszka really gets around! We’ve been enjoying his Trucktown series for younger readers.

  14. May 10, 2010 10:44 am

    Though it seems a little young for my teenagers, I bet this would be a book that they would have fun with. My son is into all things space and alien, and my daughter loves funny stories, so this sounds like it would be a good light read for both of them. Great review, and thanks for sharing this one!

  15. May 10, 2010 12:31 pm

    I got a review copy and hope that my son reads it soon. It sounds like a fun book.

  16. May 10, 2010 1:32 pm

    Sounds like something The girl at eccentric would like

  17. May 14, 2010 12:50 pm

    Glad to hear this one is fun. I received a copy of this one and didn’t know what to make of it, but The Girl is really excited to read it.


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