Monday, May 2, 2011
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith
A combination of science fiction and humor, Aliens on Vacation will appeal to a wide audience. There is also a little romantic thread running through as Scrub finally learns how to talk to a girl, even one he has a crush on. Scrub is an amazing young boy. Thrown into a situation not many young boys would be able to handle he manages to help his grandmother take care of and entertain her "guests" in the inn although he also gets the inn into a lot of trouble around the same time he wins the summer challenge. The basketball scenes with the aliens are hysterical as is the kind of food the aliens eat. Imagine eating tin foil for dinner? Yuk!. All of the main characters are well drawn and Grandma, Mr. Harnox, Amy and Scrub are all believable and likeable. The Star Wars theme is brilliant and kids who read nothing but Star Wars books will enjoy this. Clete Smith has his finger on the pulse of what middle grade students like and I highly recommended this book for boys and girls alike.
Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley.
Posted by Mrs. Katz at 9:24 AM