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Earthling Paperback – June 20, 2012
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"There's action and humor and pathos and all the other good stuff that is integral to a successful story. And have I mentioned how much I love the art? Fearing creates terrific facial expressions, and his aliens have tentacles and lots of eyes and all manner of oddities that make you want to look and look again." - Stacked
"An exhilarating hoot." The New York Times
"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
" The bright colors, bold strokes, and fun dialogue will appeal to budding fans of science fiction- Booklist
More About the Author
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!?
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this book make some more of Earthling it was a really good book very cool why is the principle so scared of people from earthPublished 9 months ago by James Warf
The artwork is expressive and fun, and most kids will enjoy this light romp through the universe. Don’t look for any great plot twists or scientific credibility, but there are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ellen marie
Fantastic read! My 8-year-old son isn't a big reader, and hates chapter books. This graphic novel was a huge hit for us, and kept him reading. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Catherine
My 4 year old son found this book at the library and we checked it out. He "read" it on his own and had made up a story to go along with it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by mommy2two
Excellent service and condition. Grandson's favorite book! Highly recommend for any young lover of graphic novels. Great fun to read.Published on November 5, 2013 by Sherry in South Bend
My 2nd grade son read this book from cover to cover. Often reading time can in our house be a struggle, but not while he was reading Earthling! Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by L. Hoffman
Great, fun read. Once I started it I could not put it down until I finished. I gave it to friends kids for Christmas.Published on January 7, 2013 by Jodie Fearing