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Eeek!: The runaway alien Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"Another great book from Karen Inglis. Like her previous novel 'The Secret Lake', Karen has kept 'Eeek!' to a manageable length. Too many books for this age group are so long that they tend to put off the less confident reader. It helps, as well, that it is illustrated which makes the text look both fun and manageable." -- Louse Jordan, The Writers' Advice Centre for Children's Books, Director, Wacky Bee Books
About the Author
Karen Inglis lives in London, UK. She has two boys, George and Nick, who inspired her to write when they were younger. She also managed their local junior football team when they were ages 9 and 10, which partly inspired 'Eeek!' You can find out imore about Karen's other books for ages 3-11 on her author page.
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I may not be the target audience (the grown-up mother of a girl, and neither of us like football) but this book charmed me from the first page.
It is written from the point of view of a sporty boy in the early stages of secondary school who finds a football-mad alien in his bedroom. As the boy tries to pass off the smoke-blowing green alien as his visiting actor cousin in fancy dress, his wry observations about both the alien and members of his family made me laugh aloud. It's the type of story that would have bedtime readers pleading for ten minutes more or reading beneath their blankets with a torch, until they reach what is its very satisfying conclusion.
With short chapters, ending on cliffhangers, and interspersed with just enough amusing illlustrations to sugar the pill of chapter books for easily daunted readers, this is just the (football) ticket to get boys reading. I'm sure girls would enjoy it too. This one certainly did! Great stuff!
This book is aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 10, and for that reason I am going to pass the baton to my daughter “Tabitha” who is 8 years old to review the book in her own words:
When my mum first gave me this book, I was looking forward to reading about an alien invasion. But actaully, it’s not about an invasion at all. It’s about a runaway alien who comes to earth to learn about humans.
Charlie is 11 years old and football mad, and it seems so is the alien who just showed up at his front door!
I loved the book and it was easy to read. There were some great pictures in the book too.
I won’t tell you what the ending is, but it’s a good surprise. You will have to read it to find out.
If I could give this book 1,000 stars I would, but apparently I can only give up to 5. So I suppose it has to be a 5 star review.
Tabitha Wilson (8 years old)