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More text-heavy than the subtitle suggests, this loopy debut opens as Alex's well-meaning parents buy the 10-year-old a jungle gym. They also arrange a playdate ("Playdate? Alex hadn't had a playdate since he was seven") with neighbor Herbert, a compulsive inventor, who tinkers with the body suits that came with his AlienSlayer:3-D! video game. When he and Alex wear the suits on the jungle gym, the tubular slide becomes a wormhole that catapults them 100 years into the future. Their hometown is now inhabited by G'Daliens, aliens that speak with Australian accents and resemble giant squid wearing toupees and fake mustaches, a sight the boys find "fall-down, pee-in-your-pants hilarious." The cartoony line art and wacky futuristic particulars should appeal most to readers whose sense of humor tends toward the absurd. Ages 8-12.
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Grade 3–7—Soon-to-be sixth-grader Alex loves video games and longs to own AlienSlayer: 3-D!, which comes with a holographic-projection unit and two motion-sensor suits. But Alex's parents have other ideas: there's a new jungle gym in the yard and his mother has planned a "playdate" with Herbert, an inventor/genius. To his horror, Alex discovers that his nerdy neighbor has "modified" two AlienSlayer: 3-D! suits. However, instead of allowing their wearers to pass through objects as planned, the suits somehow transform Alex's slide into a wormhole that transports the boys 100 years into the future. There, G'Daliens—squidlike aliens who wear toupees—have taken over Earth, with mostly positive results. But one extraterrestrial is bent on proving just how stupid and unnecessary humans are and tries to ruin the fragile peace between the two species. Now, through a series of gaffs and mishaps, it's up to Alex and Herbert to save the world. With its amusing cartoon drawings and zany adventures, this is sure to be a hit with reluctant readers. The numerous illustrations are integral to the story, adding detail and keeping the action moving quickly. The plot is slight, but readers won't care. Give this to kids who have moved beyond "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) but want something just as silly and funny.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • File Size: 9445 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061688681
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027KRRSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter Nelson is a screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Diane and their two sons, Charlie and Christopher. Peter grew up in New England, where he made up weird stories and invented strange games for the enjoyment of his two younger brothers, Sean and David. They've never forgiven him for it. Herbert's Wormhole was Peter's first children's book. He wrote it without ever having met an actual alien or traveling through time, which made it a bit more challenging, but just as fun. You can visit him at www.herbertswormhole.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Alex wants to spend his summer playing video games, but his parents have other plans. They've built a (babyish) jungle gym and set up a play date with nerdy science kid, Herbert.

Herbert has spent his summer building a Negative Energy Densifier Suit. When the suits are worn by the boys on Alex's new jungle gym, they open a wormhole to the future. Only in this future, aliens called G'daliens have taken over. They all seem friendly enough, except for GOR-DON, who wants the boys destroyed. Now it's up to Alex and Herbert to save the future.

I loved HERBERT'S WORMHOLE. It's the perfect blend of cartoons and novel that readers of all ages will be sure to enjoy. The story is fast-paced and reads like an adventure/science fiction novel, but even if you're not typically a fan of those genres, I would try picking this one up. It's so full of humor, you'll be laughing the whole time.

I would give this to any reader who is looking for something to hold them over until the next DIARY OF A WIMPY KID book is released. Soon, they'll be asking for more adventures of Herbert and Alex.

Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Redlady on August 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Review written by my 10 year old son who read this book:

Herbert's Wormhole is about a boy traveling to the future. I loved the book and I hope that you do too. At the beginning, a boy named Alex a wanted a video game called Alien Slayer 2. So his parents gave in and bought it for him. Unfortunately, right after his parents bought Alien Slayer 2 Alien Slayer 3-D came out. In Alien Slayer 3-D it comes with all these cool swords and suits. He promised his parents that once he's finished with the game he will play out side for the rest of the summer. When he finished the game his mom sewed him a shirt that said I Love Slaying Aliens!

So, he put on the shirt and kept it on. His parents said they had a surprise for him outside. So he went out side and saw a jungle gym. He thought it was sorta babyish because he was going into 6th grade. Then his mom said he has to play with this kid named Herbert. Herbert is Alex's age and uses all these science words. Herbert has no friends. So Alex went inside Herbert's house to see if Hebert could play with him on his new jungle gym. When Alex walked in Herbert's room Alex was mad because Hebert got Alien Slayer 3-D and Herbert was taking it apart and making adjustments to two of the suits. For some reason Herbert and Alex had the suits on. Alex was playing on the jungle gym and Herbert was trying to walk through the fence. Suddenly, Alex accidentally hit a switch on the suit and Alex was getting sucked through the slide. Herbert was shouting at him to turn it off but it was to late. After they got sucked up by the slide they somehow ended up one hundred years later where G'daliens are friends with humans because they saved earth for them. Can Herbert and Alex get back to their normal time period or will they be stuck with G'daliens & not return home? Find out what will happen to them when you buy the book! G'day mates!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dsg on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have a 9-year-old boy and he absolutely loved this book. Truth be told, I loved it, too. It's funny, creative and completely unpredictable. My son's taste ranges from Captain Underpants (more vulgar than this) to Harry Potter (more serious than this). He stayed up late this past weekend to finish the book - he even set aside his latest Harry Potter to focus on this. He's not a big reader, so I'm always thrilled to find something he'll like. And if it's something I like, too, so much the better. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone with a boy or an adventurous girl - even reluctant readers will enjoy. Sequel?? Please tell me one is in the works...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret McNamara on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you have a kid (especially a boy) who's not the galaxy's best reader, here's the perfect book. Lots of laughs, funny pictures, time travel, space travel, aliens who speak in Australian accents, and just so much fun to read. Chapters are short, which my daughter loves, and the pictures are droll and dry. Plus, plot twists every 5 pages. I'd give this to kids who loved Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Even the title is funny!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Fulton on November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 12 year old daughter passed this book on to her 11 year old brother. My son has never finished any book longer than 100 pages long in his life. I'm not sure what level of reading this is but it caused him to finish the book. The pictures I know helped due to his dyslexia. I will keep my eye on this author and purchase every one of his future books!!! Thanks Peter Nelson!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Rood on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wow, what a find. This is a very creative and engaging story, tapping the best of being a kid. The site says Kids 9-12, but I think it plays much broader than that. The minimalist cartoon style works, as it allows the words - and the reader's imagination - to take the lead. I'm not a big Sci Fi guy, but these adventures really kept me interested. Ready for a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I tell my friends about the book Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson, my friend's get a bit freaked out over the title. I mean, Herbert's Wormhole? Sounds a bit strange, right? But it's a really good book actually! Herbert's Wormhole is a hilarious book full of adventure. It sounds epic? Well, it is!
There we're two totally different neighbors. Alex and Herbert. Alex was a video game addict, and Herbert was a total science geek. They're parents set up a play date without telling them, and it was epic. They stumble on a wormhole. A wormhole was a time travel portal which made them stumble into their neighborhood, except they went 100 years into the future. You would probably think, what could be different? A lot changed. There are Australian aliens with fake mustaches and hair. Creepy right? And then, they're mistaken for Alien Slayers! What could possibly be worse? Alex and Herbert have to try to outsmart the `G-Daliens' before they get hunted down, and they have to try to escape their future neighborhood and get back to their present day neighborhood as well.
I think the themes in the book are about not to judge people. If Alex didn't have that play date with Herbert, he wouldn't have discovered the Wormhole and gone into the future, and played No-gravity baseball. Before, Alex thought Herbert was just a geek that never went out much. But after their experience in the wormhole, Alex and Herbert we're a lot closer than before, and they we're closer with their other neighbor, Sammi.
I think this was a really good book, because it was about learning how not to judge people. And it was funny and full of adventure. I recommend this book to people who like adventure and comedy, because this book has both. If you ever read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
~From Paul Doublet Rainbowee Epilitic Vasquez. :)
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