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Dude, Where's My Spaceship? (Weirdplanet, Book 1)

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Easy reader about aliens stranded on Earth.

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Young readers will enjoy the jokes, starting with the title and chapter titles ("We've Got Seven Pepperoni Pies. Is Our Sister in There?"). Dan Greenburg, author of the popular Zack Files series, has made something of a career producing high-interest, easy-to-read series combining elements that early readers like: silly humor, aliens, pop culture references, and supernatural (but not scary) elements. This new series, while not quite up to Zack Files standards, fills the bill admirably.

Greenburg is good at creating silly ideas with lots of potential, such as language gum, which allows the aliens to speak in Earth languages. But pop in the wrong color, and they're speaking the wrong language, and the language ability starts to fade as the flavor wears out. This isn't great literature, but it's harmless and fun, and if it keeps kids reading then it's all to the good.

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