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Aliens Are Coming!

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Fun, educational retelling of the War of the Worlds hoax.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

grade school kids will enjoy this story

I have read this book as a tool to have kids discuss what life was like before television and why we shouldn't always trust what we see or hear. Kids enjoy this book because of the great illustrations and the fact that it is about a real event.

Is It Any Good?

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On the surface, this rich book is a fun tale of a famous prank. But Meghan McCarthy’s slobbering aliens serve up a wealth of material for curious kids to explore. She forthrightly sets up the tale by introducing 1930s radios and letting kids know this is a true story of a pretend story, and then lets the fun begin. Just like listeners in the 1930s, kids may fall for the prank all over again. At the back of the book, she offers extensive background on the radio play, H.G. Wells’ perspective, and a bibliography; there’s even more at the Web site for the book, released as a hardcover in 2006. The style of the text offers another worthy challenge to kids, presenting excerpts in the format of a play.

McCarthy’s illustrations pay homage to pulp fiction of the ‘30s and ‘40s, from the gooey letters on the cover to the ads in the back pages (“Electric-Tuning Radio! Even a baby can tune it!”). History is rarely this much fun.

Cartoons evocative of classic sci-fi are a perfect mix of goofy and spooky.

Book Details

  • Author: Meghan McCarthy
  • Genre: History
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books
  • Publication date: August 11, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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