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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The heroes steal a car, but only so they can rescue their sister.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An adult smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, aside from the heroes stealing a car to rescue their sister, there's little of concern. It's a silly, easy transitional chapter book intended to keep young readers' interest long enough to sharpen their skills.
Is It Any Good?
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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