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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866890
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARGARET MCNAMARA is the author of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, called "illuminating" by Family Fun magazine and recommended as "a first-purchase consideration" by School Library Journal. She is also the author of the popular Robin Hill School early reader series, one of which, The Pumpkin Patch, was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award-Gold. She lives in New York City.

MARK FEARING has created award-winning editorial cartoons, animated shorts that have appeared on Nickelodeon and G4, and was a production manager for Walt Disney Television Animation. He is also the illustrator of The Book that Eats People by John Perry, called "irresistible" by Publishers Weekly and a "hilariously dark story" by School Library Journal. He lives outside Portland, Oregon. Visit him at MarkFearing.com.

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My 5 year old loved this book.
Gigi Gonzalez
Haven't read it to him yet, but he was really excited when he opened it and started turning the pages right away!
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Whenever a book can be both educational and super fun I enjoy it.
Katherine O'Connor

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Lynn on December 10, 2011
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I collect retellings of fables and fairy tales, and The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot is a stellar spin on the Three Little Pigs. Remember the menacing wolf in the original tale:

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in."
"No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin."
"Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in."

Children's author Margaret McNamara replaces the big bad wolf with the BIG BAD ROBOT. I'm also a space enthusiast, so this modern version caught my eye. The big bad robot attempts to crack and smack and whack down the doors of three little aliens' homes comprised of a shiny space rover, a passing satellite, and the third one made of stardust, solar panels, and a telescope:

"Little alien! Little alien!" bleeped the Robot. "Pull over! PULL OVER!"
"Not by the wheels of my trusty space rover!" cried Bork bravely.
"Then I'll crack and smack and whack your house down!" meeped the Robot.

LOL!

Young readers and space enthusiasts, like me, will enjoy this fun romp through our solar system. The text is quite clever and the illustrations are a riot.

McNamara + Fearing = Two thumbs up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DK on January 6, 2012
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It's a revision of 3 little pigs told in the alien robot genre. My son enjoys it, and it's a fun book to read to him (once or twice). The pictures are clever. The story is okay. I think the setting (robots and aliens) is it's strongest draw. There really isn't anything new in terms of a message (brick beats, straw and sticks) and there is a "children leaving home" sort of thing going on that is confusing for the target age of the audience (actually, I don't think I get it either). It's a good book, just not a great one. Maybe a better borrow than buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on March 5, 2012
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A delightful retelling of an old standby (Three Little Pigs) with amazing graphics that will keep a grandkid on each side of you enthralled for thirty minutes if you read each page slowly and let them point out the characters. Good lighting makes the graphics jump off the page. As stories go this one will tend to 'rev up' the four to six year-olds instead of lend to a 'nod-off effect'. Finishing with a few pages of Babar will bring back the calm and the Sandman. Purchased from 'Amazon'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Love on December 7, 2011
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I like this book because I use it for teaching comparison and contrast with my third grade class. I read "The Three Little Pigs" one day and this book the next day and conmpare them. I found as I read this book, I could use it in other subject areas like Science. Since the story of this book transpires in our galaxy, I could compare the planents in our solar system. I could also talk about revolving and rotating. I found many useful things I could do with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl T on January 1, 2014
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I had higher hopes for this book. I didn't realize that it would follow the storyline of the three little pigs so closely. The name of the third alien is fun at first- but gets old and annoying very quickly. The sounds that the robot makes are really fun to read though. All in all, I wish I'd spent the money on a different book.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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These days the retelling of fables and fairy tales to update them with current science, or events, is very popular. Though, to me, it's beginning to get tedious and some of the variations aren't so clever. Author McNamara does have some good moments in The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, but there are some equally lame moments too. It might be good as a fun read-aloud when kids are learning about the solar system simply because of the superior illustrations and that the atmosphere of the outer planets are discussed as reasons to either live or not live there.

Three little aliens, Bork, Gork, and Nklxwcyz (How is that pronounced? I haven't the foggiest, your guess is as good as mine), are told by their mama that it's time for them to leave the home planet and find a planet of their own. With warnings to be on the lookout for the Big Bad Robot, that likes to chew up little green aliens, the trio sets out in search of a planet for each to call home. Since they live on Mercury, the first planet they happen to come across is Venus, which is declared "too hot" and then, of course, Earth, which is deemed "too crowded". The first planet claimed is Mars which is easily identified by the space rover located on it. Each planet is claimed or rejected in the same order they are from the sun.

Nklxwcyz, the smart pig, I mean alien, "found everything he needed to make sturdy walls" on his planet of Neptune. Materials include solar panels, stardust, and a telescope. I think most people can guess this is about the time the Big Bad Robot makes an appearance. Yet, I'm still stumbling over how to pronounce Nklxwcyz and I'm beginning to dread seeing it in print on the page. I can't imagine how it would be for some poor kid to have to pronounce it.
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A Kid's Review on January 11, 2012
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When Mama Alien's house was getting a bit crowded, and her three kids were getting a bit bigger, she decides it's time for them to move out. She warns them to watch out for the BIG BAD ROBOT and to make sure they stay together. You can only guess what happens next in this re-telling of the fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf"!

I love the idea of this story because I really like The Three Little Pigs tale and I think this one is a much funnier version! I think it is really cool how Ms. McNamara took a well-known fairy tale and told it in such a unique way. I really liked the illustrations too. They are detailed and they add a lot to the story. I read in the book that Mr. Fearing researched about the planets in our solar system (the aliens start out on Mercury and end up on Neptune). He wanted the illustrations of the planets in the book to look similar to how the planets really look. I think that's pretty cool.
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More About the Author

Christopher-Award winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books and the Robin Hill School series for early readers. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

"Margaret McNamara is a pen-name," says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. "I write under the name Margaret McNamara because it was my maternal grandmother's name. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read."

Margaret has just completed work on fifth and sixth Fairy Bell Sisters books (about Tinker Bell's Little Sisters); those two titles will release in summer and fall of 2014. Her most recent picture book is "The Apple Orchard Riddle," another book about the students in Mr. Tiffin's class, who first appeared in "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin." Next up from Margaret is a new adventure set in Mr. Tiffin's class, "A Poem in Your Pocket," to be published on Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015. She is researching a picture book biography of Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.



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