Reviews for Aliens for Breakfast

by Stephanie Spinner

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Gr. 3-5. Richard Bickerstaff, an avid sci-fi fan, is eating Alien Crisp cereal when a round pink creature climbs up the side of his bowl. Identifying himself as Aric, the intergalactic special agent (freeze-dried and beamed from Ganoob) claims his mission is to wipe out cosmic troublemakers, in this case space trash called ``Dranes.'' This time the Drane is Dorf, a cool new kid in Richard's class with an irresistible smile-- one that can turn minds to mush. Aric needs Richard's help, and it's a wacky, wisecracking race against time as the two seek the secret weapon found in Earthling homes that will thwart the alien takeover. Clever plotting, right-on characterization, and a jet-propelled pace give this book, peppered with line drawings, high appeal. PW.

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This short, eight-chapter novel has a zany premise loaded with reader appeal but, disappointingly, never takes off. Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thinga tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. One of them has already taken up residence; it is, in fact, Dorf, the eerily cool, instantly popular new boy in Richard's class. Richard must destroy Dorf before it is too late, but Aric has forgotten the correct method for doing that. Richard and Aric's efforts are tame and uninspired, the turns of plot seem random rather than carefully thought out, and the eventual solution (feeding Dorf large quantities of red pepper, which causes him to explode) requires little ingenuity or initiative on Richard's part. Loose, rather quirky pen-and-ink illustrations are a dashing addition to what is otherwise easily forgotten fare. Ages 7-9. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved