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Club Earth

 

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My Important Thoughts About The Book:

Cover IllustrationClub Earth is the sequel to My Life Among The Aliens. I really don't like to do the same thing over and over again, but I keep getting more and more ideas for aliens interacting with families. Fortunately, because of the way the first Aliens book ends, I couldn't just write another book of alien drop-in stories. I had to develop a new set-up for the action. In order to make this book a little different, I also tried to make Dad a stronger character and take Mom out of the action more.

Though this book is made up of short stories, just as My Life Among The Aliens was, there is a story-line that keeps turning up relating to how the family members do the work need to take care of their home.  A lot of the humor in this book is what is known as satire.  Satire uses humor to make comments about human activities.

Periodic Table of the ElementsPay special attention to the names of the planets the aliens come from. I took them all off from the Periodic Table of the Elements. Doesn't that sound scientific? Well, no. I kept one of those kids' vinyl place mats with the Periodic Table printed on it next to my word processor and just picked off any name that sounded good when I needed one.

 

The Critics' Important Thoughts About The Book:

Kirkus Reviews: "... wise and funny sequel to My Life Among the Aliens"..."Written with a big dose of kid-friendly humor, this novel is much like its predecessor.  Gauthier carefully plots episodic action, lacing it with plenty of witty commentary on family life, food, chores, pets, and other youthful concerns."

Horn Book: "Gauthier uses pungent humor to deliver deadpan diatribes against slothful aliens, lazy kids, macho dads, and overburdened moms.  Offbeat and wacky, with Gauthier's imagination working on overdrive, this book really is from outer space; humanoid kids will know it's not just Mom's cooking that rates four stars."

Other Stuff:

Selected as one of the best children's books of the year by the Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College.
An Accelerated Reader title.

Aliens Are Everywhere:

Will and Robby and the alien guests are going to Europe!

Italian Edition

L'alieno che venne a cena

German Edition


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