- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Series: Animorphs (Gareth Stevens Library) (Book 39)
- Library Binding: 121 pages
- Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing (July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0836827724
- ISBN-13: 978-0836827729
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden (Animorphs (Gareth Stevens Library)) Library Binding – Large Print, July, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
For starters the Yeerks managed to repair a Helmacron Ship? The Helmacrons are literally smaller than Ants. Their ships are only 3 to 4 inches long. Readers are supposed to believe the Yeerks could work with the circuits for a ship that size - Yeah Right.
Next is the how the Blue Box is shown. First a Buffalo gained morphing power and then later an Ant. When David first found the Box, he didn't gain morphing. Simply touching the box wasn't enough, the Box had to be activated. Even if the Box had somehow been activated by accident, are readers supposed to believe Ax wouldn't have shut the Box off after the Buffalo gained Morphing Power?
Finally the mechanics of Morphing Power make this story impossible.
To acquire DNA for a morph requires concentration. The Animorphs all touched other people without acquiring their DNA. Cassie has handled countless animals since she gained morphing power, and she never acquired any without intention. Yet both the Buffalo and the Ant acquired human DNA by simple contact, without even realizing what they'd done. Beyond that the Buffalo acquired Andalite DNA.
Morphing requires concentration. Human or Andalite, one must commit one's mind and body to the change. The Animorphs eventually reached the point where they could morph even when nearly unconscious, because they'd morphed countless times - they'd reached the point where Morphing was second nature.
Even if none-sentient species could have acquired morphs, are readers supposed to believe they could use them? The audience is supposed to believe the Buffalo could morph human form, simply because he'd seen Cassie morph?Read more ›
I'm not happy about seeing the Helmacrons again either. However, that turned out alright, since it was just technology used by the main villains. How the hell are they going to get away with this?
It's clear Cassie jumped on the chance to go to The Gardens with her mom. Was the idea to outrun Yeerk pursuers? Heh, Michelle is the opposite of Marco and Eva's driving.
The buffalo rampage, and to some extent the chase that followed, was good old fashioned over the top action.
The buffa-human was an interesting spin on morph technology, but it was used as yet another form of Cassie's over the top ethical hesitation. Sheesh.
The ending seemed pretty abrupt.
Notable moments and inconsistencies:
This book is ghostwritten by Laura Battyanyi-Weiss. Her name's misspelled in the credits page.
It makes no sense that an animal like a buffalo could "accidentally" morph since it's been said many times that both acquiring and morphing take concentration and intent. How could a buffalo do it randomly?
Also recommended: #7, #19, #23, #26, #33, #41, #43, #48, #49
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my grandson for Christmas since he is enjoying the series. Not much else to say except that they arrived within a few days.Published on September 2, 2013 by Ann Rast
I think this is a pretty good book but it didn't have much of a plot.I like how determined Cassie was to save the buffalo. Read morePublished on April 1, 2005
This book was so wierd, it creeped me out. A)The whole thing with the morphing buffalo? Come On! B)Cassie's moral thing is getting old. Read morePublished on August 25, 2004
The Yeerks have located and repaired a damaged Helmacron morph-tracking sensor. Now they're prepared to make a full-blown hunt for the Animorphs, but most importantly-- the... Read morePublished on December 24, 2000