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Herbert's Wormhole by [Nelson, Peter]
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From Publishers Weekly

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: 9704 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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We bought this book for our second-grade grandson for Christmas. He's a devoted computer gamer, so the book was perfect for his interests. Grandpa read it with him each night before bed. They both liked the book, but some of the vocabulary was difficult for a second grade reader.
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
Herbert's Wormhole is a great book. It is about two kids named Herbert and Alex. The book starts with Alex playing a game called alien slayer 2. He made a promise to his mom and dad that if they got him this video game once he was finished playing the game would go outside and play and not ask for any more video games this summer. But then the coolest video game named alien slayer 3D came out and he had to play outside. So he had a playdate with his boring neighbor Herbert so he knocked on Heberts bedroom door and he entered Herberts bedroom. Then alex saw the alien slayer 3D suit and slipped it on and soon later he learned that Herbert destroyed the video game and they had to play on his playground together. Alex then turend on the suit and was sucked into the slide with Herberd right behind him. Then they fell into the future with aliens.......
Its a great book for kids.
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