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

Stephanie Spinner , Jonathan Etra , Steve Bjorkman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's been ten years since Richard Bickerstaff sat down to breakfast and an alien climbed out of his cereal bowl! Join Richard and Aric, a tiny, wisecracking creature from the planet Ganoob, as they battle to save the world from evil aliens in Aliens for Breakfast, Aliens for Lunch, and Aliens for Dinner. We're reissuing the trilogy with brand-new covers sporting a space age 10th Anniversary logo. Now a new generation of readers can experience the fun and adventure that won these books rave reviews and loyal fans!  


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Editorial Reviews

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: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570A35K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Chapter Book! September 10, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent possibilities in the classroom November 21, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for early readers September 30, 2013
By drmom2
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Publishers Weekly, get over yourself December 16, 2011
Format:Paperback
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood book and still love it April 9, 2013
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book! April 21, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young, strong reader December 28, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for my 7yo Grandson December 13, 2014
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This looks great as a Christmas gift for my 7yo grandson. Large print, many hand drawn pictures. I scanned it and it looks enjoyable but it is up to him. I recommend it and this seller, would buy again , and I hope this helps
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My 7 year old loved it
My 7 year old Son picked this book out and enjoyed reading it very much.
Published 1 month ago by M. Flowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but awesome
I loved the book but it should have been longer and meatier. My I think it was a good book thow!
Published 2 months ago by P. Krieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My 7 yr old grandson is in love with this book. Very age appropriate.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Grandson liked it
Published 3 months ago by Felicity
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun chapter book for beginning readers.
Published 3 months ago by Judy D. Corey
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it.
Given as a gift to my grandson. He loves this book. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Sheryl A. Oconnortaylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother...
I never write reviews but this book was soooo BORING that I felt that other's needed to be warned. My son reads out loud to me and even I was bored to tears by this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Not quite mom of the year
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good character writing amidst whimsical alien hijinks
This book was engaging for me as a child because the silly plot was offset by some pretty good character writing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Swank Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
My son and I loved this book! It was really interesting and funny. It kept us thinking the whole time what was happening next!
Published 12 months ago by Mandi
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down
My 8 yr old loved it. We couldn't put it down. Just had to know what happened next. We checked this out from the public library thru Amazon.
Published 12 months ago by Stacy P
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