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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids get an exciting introduction to the solar system and outer space. On the endpapers, there is a labeled diagram of all the planets, whose colors illustrator Mark Fearing based on NASA photographs.
Working together is key in defeating the Big Bad Robot. And when your siblings are in trouble, you lend them a hand.
Positive Role Models
The third little alien, Nklxwcyz, shows a positive attitude and willingness to work as he builds his home on Neptune -- not out of bricks but out of found materials -- boulders, stardust, solar panels, and a telescope. He also warmly welcomes his siblings, Bork and Gork, to his home after the Big Bad Robot leaves them homeless.
Violence & Scariness
The Big Bad Robot smashes and destroys the first two little aliens' homes: Bork's rover on Mars and his sister Gork's satellite on Saturn. The Big Bad Robot gets stuck when he tries to go down the chimney of the house of third little alien, Nklxwcyz, and explodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this science-fiction retelling of the classic "Three Little Pigs" tale pits three sibling aliens against the Big Bad Robot and provides a basic introduction to the planets and outer space. The robot's familiar yet updated refrain, "Then I'll crack and smack and whack your house down!" makes this as fun to read aloud as the original.
Is It Any Good?
This strikingly illustrated book features three tiny green aliens, each with a distinctive, expressive look and personality -- and one giant, menacing Big Bad Robot, set against black, starry space. The robot pursues the aliens across the solar system, intent on destroying their homes with his swinging arms, ripping claws, and triple blaster. All that robot and space vehicle action should be a particular hit with boys and space-loving girls. The book also does a remarkable job of portraying the three little aliens' bold quest to find new places to live on other planets after they leave the security of home and their mom on Mercury.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.