Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Author: Jon Scieszka and Francesco Sedita
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Genre: Middle Grade Sci-Fi
Copy provided by: Publisher
Summary (via Goodreads):

From the National Ambassador of Young People's Literature, comes the spaciest middle grade series this side of earth. BE SPHDZ.

Why I read this: Jon Scieszka writes some of the funniest kids books around and I couldn't resist checking this one out.

Plot: Michael K. is a new kid just wanting to fit in at a new school, but the two classmates he has to sit next to are out of this world weird - literally. This two kids claim they are SPHDZs, along with the class hamster. They were sent down to help Earth avert a horrible disaster, but they need the help of Michael K. Of course, Michael thinks these kids are really bizarre, so bizarre that they really could be aliens, but will he help them?

A hilarious story about breaking past social norms to help save the world. Definitely a series I want my students to read.

Characters: Michael K. is your average kid, wanting to fit in and just be normal. He also has enough of a conscious to want to help these kids - or rather - aliens.

Bob and Jennifer are hilarious. Those are the two aliens disguised as kids. They use commercial phrases and jingles instead of normal conversations - which is a very hilarious part of the whole book. The hamster is supposedly the leader which cracks me up because you can't understand anything he is trying to say throughout the book - simply comes out as an "eek".

Relatability: I think a lot of kids can relate to being the new kid or just wanting to fit in. I think this is a great book for 4th graders and through middle school.

Cover Commentary: Definitely one that stands out and shows that it's going to be a fun read. I can see my students really grabbing for this book based on the cover alone.

Rating: 5/5 Roses

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  1. This looks like a great MG novel. Nice review!

  2. Sounds like something my little brother would like.

  3. I do love Jon Scieszka! Have you read Knucklehead? That book was laugh out loud funny!

  4. I've been seeing this one everywhere! My oldest son liked Scieszka's Time Warp Trio when he was younger. This one looks good!



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