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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Earthling! is a lighthearted sci-fi graphic novel that follows Bud, its young human protagonist, on an intergalactic adventure. The cartoony illustrations and the lightly suspenseful plot will appeal to younger readers who like stories with lots of strange alien characters and silly humor.
What's the story?
When 9-year-old Bud gets on the wrong bus, he finds himself transported to Cosmos Academy, a school full of alien students from across the galaxy. Earthlings are hated and feared by everyone, so much so that even the location of the planet is kept secret. Bud and his new friends must win an anti-gravity Zero Ball tournament and stay ahead of the suspicious principal if Bud ever hopes to find his way home.
Is it any good?
This is a far-fetched but funny sci-fi graphic novel that mixes new-school anxiety with wild adventures across the galaxy. Author and illustrator Mark Fearing employs a cartoony style that complements his goofy humor. Younger readers will enjoy the many types of space aliens and the lightly suspenseful plot.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it feels like to go to a new school (especially if it's full of space aliens).
Is it ever a good idea to hide your true background, because you're afraid of how other people will treat you?
Why do you think other alien species might be suspicious about Earth and its inhabitants?
- Author: Mark Fearing
- Illustrator: Mark Fearing
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Friendship, Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs, Space and aliens
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Publication date: June 20, 2012
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 248
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