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Some of the language is arguably beyond that of most younger readers. Not only does the book include words like “sylvan” (in the very first paragraph, at that), but there are also a couple of word choices that some parents may not approve of their children finding in a book. Nothing, however, is so naughty or so intellectual that a younger reader would be deterred from grasping the main thrust of the story. The story starts simply enough, with a young boy who dreams of playing baseball, but eventually spins into a wacky yarn involving beings from outer space. And the wackiness begins early on with, as the cover implies, a talking fire hydrant.
The fire hydrant turns out to be an alien from the planet Fred, which is named after a god of war. This leads to a bit of irony when the hydrant introduces its own name as Mars. The planet Mars knows as Fred is the planet we know as Mars, while the planet we know as Earth is the planet Mars knows as George and…well, you can ascertain the type of humor being utilized here. The early chapters are written in French scenes, with a new chapter beginning each time a new character is introduced to this lunacy. But later on, it takes a more traditional literary structure and the story begins to grow into something much greater that will leave any good-humored reader in hysterics.
“Invasion From Fred” does not take terribly long to read, which is good since you will likely want to read it more than once. It is not every day that a story this amusing presents itself, but thank goodness this one did. Richard Herr has another book, “Tales from the Starboard Café,” that I imagine I will find myself reading soon if it promises to be even half as enjoyable as this one.
All these elements converge beautifully, believe it or not!
It's hard to pigeon-hole this book into a category, and that's why it has such broad appeal.