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Comment: This former library book shows heavier than normal wear from being read and handled by young readers. There are some crumples and places where tears have been taped by the library, including one large but well repaired tear. The book is completely usable and readable.
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Earth to Clunk Hardcover – May 12, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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“Berger’s artwork , with its Southern California–bungalow cheeriness, has a wonderful way of . . . stirring the ingredients into broad, spirited humor. Rarely have school letter-writing exercises been so much fun.” — Kirkus

“Smallcomb expertly channels a sarcastic kid who’s secretly a softie.” — Publishers Weekly

“Friendships can blossom in the most unexpected ways and places. This is science fiction with a homey touch for the youngest readers.” — School Library Journal

“Tongue-in-cheek text from a Maryland author is a lively match with Joe Berger’s hysterical illustrations.” — Baltimore’s Child

About the Author

Pam Smallcomb lives in Germantown, Maryland.

Joe Berger lives in Bristol, England.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803734395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803734395
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter brought home this book from her school library. It was quickly our favorite book to read. The story line and illustration is wonderful and fun! It was an every night read until she had to return it back to the school library. Now she will have her own on Christmas Day!
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The boy in this book is told to write to his pen pal as a school project (Clunk, an alien) but he doesn't want to but eventually he comes around and finds he has a new friend. The pictures are fun as is the story but it has a message. . . Sometimes the things adults make you do turn out to be fun. My 5 year old loves this story and it offers some good reading aloud language and feelings. We had friends over and the kids wanted to read it over and over. Well worth picking up a copy. Older children could use it as a jumping off point for discussing feelings, or as an introduction to a pen pal project.
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This is one of the funniest new titles we've found this year. My four-year-old and I are reading it nightly, per his request. The illustrations are amazing....not cutesy but not too complex either...the kid's expressions are right on too. You have to love a little guy that sends his sister to a distant planet, and doesn't want her back.

Hopefully this book will lead to more adventures with Clunk and the Zoid!
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Personally, I always liked having pen pals. In fact, I always sought out as many as possible. But I can understand why some kids wouldn't like pen pals. If you're not interested in distant places and different cultures, what's the point of writing to someone far away that you'll never meet? It is a lot of work to keep up with.

The unnamed boy in this story is especially irked that he has to write to a space alien named Clunk from the planet Quazar. He's absolutely *NOT* going to write a letter. In fact, he's going to teach that Clunk a lesson. So he sends him his big sister. That'll teach him.

Apparently, however, Clunk didn't' get the insult. He sends the boy a Zoid (or, perhaps that was meant to be insulting too?). The boy (now followed merrily by the Zoid) tries everything to get his message across: go away. He sends a boxful of dirty socks, a scary picture of Earth, a toilet plunger and a string of Christmas lights. But each time, Clunk just tops those "gifts" with scarier gifts of his own.

Unfortunately, however, the boy's mom wants his sister back (only because she has chores to do, apparently). So the boy leaves it up to Clunk whether or not to return his sister, enclosing the note in a lump of gooey lasagna.

And then he waits. And waits. And waits. Perhaps he's gone too far. Maybe Clunk won't send any more packages. Ever. It's amazing how you can miss something you never wanted in the first place.

But then finally another package arrives with a note, sister enclosed. "I liked the glob you sent me to eat. I did NOT like your sister. Here is a glob from Quazar." Hey, maybe Clunk isn't so bad after all. And that glob wasn't too bad either.

This book is delightfully, if rather snarkily, humorous.
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By B. Jackson on June 15, 2011
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Adorable book! My girls (7 and 8) and son (5) liked it too!! Illustrations are fun. Storyline is very fun. The only thing I did not like about the book, was the use of the word "stupid" twice. Just a personal thing with me. However, I thought the book was sooo much fun, I did not let that hold me back and bought the book. I have read the book more than once. When I read it, I substituted "stupid" with words like silly, crazy, etc...
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This is the cutest book. A young boy is ordered by his teacher to write to a boy on another planet , Quasar. He does-reluctantly. When the alien boy stops writing, the earth boy realizes that he misses him. He invites him to earth and they enjoy each others' company.
This story is so funny! The author is so inventive.
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This is one of the most adorable books around. I just loved it and my grandkids can't enough of it. It has everything. An annoying big sister, an alien, a little brother. And the illustrations are superb.
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