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Grade 2–5—Is Julian Rodriguez a youngster who has been frustrated by his parents one too many times or is he really an officer of a Space Federation on a very trying intergalactic, fact-finding mission? After being sent to his room by his "stupid maternal unit," Julian reports to the Mothership the humiliation he has experienced at the hands of his earthling parents, teachers, and classmates. The last straw is, of course, being forced to "dispose of a large canister, filled to the brim with humanoid refuse," which leads to his "trash crisis on Earth." The cartoonlike illustrations give the book the look of an edgy graphic novel, and the lightning bolt on Julian's green shirt gives the protagonist a superhero vibe. The story should appeal to young readers who like Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) but aren't yet ready for a longer novel.—Kathleen Meulen, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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