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Aliens for Breakfast (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) Kindle Edition

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Length: 64 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 6 - 9 Grade Level: 1 - 4

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

ea vol: 62p. (Stepping Stone Bks.). CIP. Random. 1988. PLB $5.99; pap. $1.95. Grade 2-4-- In the first book, three self-appointed private investigators decide to search their small town for criminals. Julian, his younger brother, and their friend Gloria read the wanted posters in the post office and then set out to investigate the hospital, the local bar, the supermarket, and a restaurant. At the supermarket they convince a man that he should rescue his dog from a hot car, and at the hospital they save a young child from drowning. Considering the length of the book, the plot is well developed and interesting, and the characters are aptly drawn. A quick and interesting read--and one that will surely draw in less-able readers. Aliens for Breakfast is a science fantasy story. Richard meets an alien when he eats a sample box of new breakfast cereal. Together they strive to find the secret weapon which will destroy the enemy alien (who is in Richard's class as the new boy). If not stopped in time, the enemy alien will clone himself and overtake the earth. The drawings are sketchy but adequate to set the mood of the events in a helter-skelter manner. The plot is simple but satisfying. It will be enjoyed by older readers who need simple fare but want something a little out of the ordinary. In Pioneer Cat, nine-year-old Kate Purdy and her family find themselves moving West on the Oregon Trail. The characters ward off a buffalo stampede and an Indian attack and deal with a stowaway cat and her surprise kittens, all the while chronicling the trip itself and the developing friendship between Kate and Rosie Murphy. Robinson's black-and-white illustrations are just detailed enough to add some depth to the text but not so overwhelming as to give a "too young" look to the book. The print is easy to read but not oversized (a factor that often turns away older reluctant readers). While the brevity does not allow for substantial character or plot development, Hooks does give the essence of Kate's sensitive and cunning nature while portraying Rosie as a self-sufficient young girl and a faithful friend. The fast-moving plot helps readers along. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4599 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570A35K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful beginning chapter book for 1st-2nd Graders. It is a perfect level for children who are beginning to read chapter books on there own. The topic is interesting: Aliens, Saving the world. It is funny ,too. My 1st grader LOVES it! There are 2 more: Aliens for Lunch, and Aliens for Dinner.
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Aliens For Breakfast is a wonderful exploration into fantasy with a touch of the realistic. Used in the classroom, it provides an excellent vehicle to explore characterization and main idea. My students totally enjoy the adventure!
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This is the first chapter book that my 7 year old son has actually read all the way through! He is normally drawn to non-fiction books instead of books with stories.

He liked the fact that it wasn't too "cutesy", had no talking animals, and was relatively realistic.

The story is easy for kids to follow and doesn't have any "potty" humor or much that I would think would be objectionable to parents. There are a few pictures, which is always nice for kids at this age, but not so many that my son got more interested in the pictures than his reading.

Overall a nice story that flows along at a good pace and keeps kids' interest.
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Wow, apparently, according to the Publishers Weekly editorial review above, this book isn't exactly "War and Peace". Go figure.

What it is is an amusing, basic sci-fi tale for a new reader. The hero is fine, the alien is funny, the plot is simple, and the ending is clear. The book has a great deal of appeal and charm, and avoids the farts and boogers that keep cropping up in other early reader books. I'm not sure why Etra's Alien books, ("Aliens for Breakfast", "...Lunch", "...Dinner"), don't enjoy a wider audience. They are aimed at early, first chapter book readers. They are cheerful, funny and imaginative. No poop or boogers. No cheap jokes or easy, (fart!), humor. There is a plot that can be followed, dramatic development as the story plays out, decent characters, pretty snappy dialogue, and a creative and satisfying ending. The heroes aren't precocious or weirdly and unnaturally articulate. There is a lot of action but not of the super-zany hyper-frantic variety. They just offer a solid sort-of-scifi humorous entertainment for an early reader. It seems to me that while Etra might very well not be for every reader, he is most certainly worth a try.

I could see a brand new reader feeling a certain amount of satisfaction at having finished this "real book", and it certainly has a place on a well-stocked, enticing shelf.
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I read this book to my son. He loves aliens and space. It was great quality time together and he really enjoyed the story. I asked him questions when we were together like "Do you remember the little alien's name?" or "Who was the bad guy?" to engage him in the story. Also helps with his recollection of details of what we're reading.

Overall the book was just as I remembered it from my own childhood. It was a pleasure to read it to my own son.
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A Kid's Review on April 21, 2003
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Aliens for Breakfast is about a kid named Richard. He has to save the day because a little alien comes to him and tells him that Dorf is going to take over the world. This book had some of my favorite things like aliens, magic, and adventure. I think kids will like to read this book on their own time.
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I have a kindergartner who is reading well, but it's hard to find books that are appropriate for him developmentally, and that will hold his 5 year old attention span. This is the first chapter book that he's read cover to cover quickly and enthusiastically- then started to re-read it! A great book if you have a young, but strong reader
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Review by 7 yr old boy:
The characters are Richard, Aric, Henry and Dorf. It is funny when Aric, the alien, comes out of Richard's breakfast. They blow Dorf up with red pepper flakes because Dorf is a mean Drane. The book was funny and it make me laugh.
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