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Gr 3-7-This graphic novel takes the school story into outer space with humor, a bit of action, and a cast of unusual characters. Fish-out-of-water Bud catches the wrong bus and ends up far, far from home at Cosmos Academy, where Earthlings are not welcome. He befriends lime-green alien Gort, who shows him the ropes of the school. Posing as a Tenarian, Bud must figure out how to get back to his home planet while avoiding the wrath of Principal Lepton, a Lanthornoid fearful of Earthlings. The tone of the book stays on the lighter side while still touching on themes of fitting in and fear of the unknown. Bud's quest to return to Earth is full of secrecy, adding a splash of tension to the story. The book looks great, with vibrant, full-color artwork rendered in pencil drawings that have been digitally inked and colored. The panel layouts are basic and clear, adding to the inviting package. Fans of UFOs and aliens will enjoy this one.-Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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" The bright colors, bold strokes, and fun dialogue will appeal to budding fans of science fiction- Booklist

"This graphic novel takes the school story into outer space with humor, a bit of action, and a cast of unusual characters. ... Fans of UFOs and aliens will enjoy this one." - School Library Journal

"Sure to capture students' imagination" - Library Media Connection

"Great for reluctant readers, comic book lovers and those that just like a good space adventure" - Education.com

"Fearing's sketchy, cartoony art is ideal for the story and keeps the action easy to follow. " - Publishers Weekly

"An exhilarating hoot." The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raised by a pack of wild geese, Mark learned to fly at an early age. No? How about - raised by gophers Mark learned to dig extremely fast at a young age. No matter the truth of those first statements I can say that I grew up near St. Paul Minnesota and ended up graduating from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. I enjoyed studying ancient art history, comparative literature and Chinese, but ended up with a BFA focused on design. I proceeded to work in politics, advertising and graphic design in Madison until I transferred myself to Los Angeles where I worked in graphic design, motion graphics, video games, animation for TV and film and created several TV shows that never saw the light of day or even the glow of a TV. I later attend the MFA program in animation at UCLA where I made The Thing with No Head. The best animated short ever made. Ever. OK. That's subjective.

I ended up working as an art director for Sony Online, a new media creative director for Pearson Television and a current production manager for Walt Disney TV Animation.

Along the way I was writing and illustrating books. Sending them out and enjoying the resulting letters that varied between condemnation 'you should never work in children's books' to, 'send more samples'.

In 2007 a small publisher in Long Beach published several of my comic books. In 2009, Tricycle Press published The Book That Eats People, which I illustrated and since then I have been fortunate enough to work on 7 additional books including The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot from Random House, Earthling!, a graphic novel for readers 8 and up from Chronicle Books and So You Want To Catch Bigfoot from Candlewick Press.

My favorite genres are science fiction, horror and humor. Or a combination of all three.

And oddly enough, geese didn't teach me to fly. It was the gophers that taught me that. Who'd a guessed!?

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Bud got on the wrong bus. Not a big deal right? Right. That is, if that bus doesn't go into deep space to a school that is full of aliens that hate Earthlings! Bud got on that kind of bus. The kind with the aliens. He meets Gort McGortgort, another kid/an alien, who becomes his guide. Gort tells Bud that he can't tell ANYONE he is an Earthling because Earthlings are feared and despised (apparently all the aliens think Earthlings want to kidnap them). Gort and Bud become friends even though Bud is an Earthling. Gort does his best to get Bud home, but bad (and somehow completely funny) things keep happening! Will Bud ever get home?

I have been waiting and waiting for this book to come out! I first read about it on Mr. Fearing's blog. I really like Mr. Fearing's illustrations and was happy to find out he was writing a graphic novel. I was not disappointed! I really did "laugh out loud" when reading this book! It was really likeable and hilarious! I really liked Bud and Gort. They were both good friends, nice and cool. I thought the plot was hysterical - Earthlings being feared and an Earth boy being trapped as the "new kid" in school. Mr. Fearing's illustrations and story really make this an awesome graphic novel. I thought "Earthling!" did really well as a graphic novel because it was cool to see how all the aliens looked and the pictures really added to the whole story. I recommend this graphic novel to kids 8+ and young advanced readers because it is a longer graphic novel that actually has a good, long story that you can really get into.
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When I got a copy of Earthling! by Mark Fearing I read it straight away and have already reread the book a couple times. It is the sort of book I wish had been around when I was a kid. I would have become a reader much sooner if it was! The book is exciting, easy to follow, funny, clever, and something people of many ages can enjoy. I highly recommend this graphic novel! One of the best I have come across.
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great fun ! -- and kids will be wishing they could play zeroBall in gym! Can't wait for the next one in the series!
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Great for young teens. It stretches the imagination but they can relate to lunch room interactions and dealing with authority. Fun to read for me too. Artwork was great.
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My kid said it was incredible, unbelieveably amazing. One of the best books that she has ever read. She loved it!
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By Adam R on August 3, 2013
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A really really good book I also recommend the genius files and big Nate. By Andrew at Winchester, VA. 22602
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"Earthling!"
Written & Illustrated by Mark Fearing
(Chronicle Books, 2012)

This was a fun, fast-paced kid's graphic novel about a young Earth boy who accidentally gets on the wrong school bus -- this bus goes to a different galaxy, not a different building. Stranded a bazillion light years from home, he has to figure out how to get back and, as it turns out, he has to save planet Earth as well. It's a fun, lighthearted book that lots of kids can enjoy -- nothing really creepy or objectionable in terms of sex or violence... Just a giddy, imaginative romp, hanging out with some nice kids on the other side of the universe. Recommended! (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain childrens' book reviews)
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I first read about this book in the New York Times Book Review and decided to get it for my eleven year old son. When it arrived I handed it to him and waited. I asked a little while later how the book was and he said "I finished it. It was 'boss'". Boss to an eleven year old is the best you can get. Once I was finally allowed to look at it--the newness has worn off--I decided to read it. It's a great book. The illustrations and the narrative are very compelling and smooth. I understand why my son was so focused and wanted to read it all in one shot. I would recommend it to any middle schooler who is looking for a fun read and an adult looking for a way to capture a child's attention with a book.
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