- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 4
- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 7, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399229450
- ISBN-13: 978-0399229459
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,722,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Life among the Aliens Hardcover – May 7, 1996
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6?When Will's mother's baking attracts hungry folks from all over the universe, life gets pretty interesting. Strangely enough, only Will, his younger brother, and their friends recognize the aliens as such?adults are too busy to notice. Each chapter in this wacky novel stands alone. In the first episode, two aliens have come to take over the world, but are forced to retreat by the awesome power of human mothers. In another, a bored little alien shows the brothers how they play on her planet?with real dinosaurs. There's a great otherworldly birthday present and a chance to travel around the galaxy with the "stars" of the intergalactic meteor-shower touring company. Finally, Mom recognizes an alien. First she apologizes for not believing in them?and then she forbids all off-planet trips. Gauthier has created a delightful science-fiction romp in which the impossible is presented as if it were perfectly natural. Fun to read aloud, the book will appeal to readers who suspect that those weird kids down the street might be space invaders.?Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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From Kirkus Reviews
Brash good humor from a newcomer who is anything but starry eyed. The narrator, Will, and his daring brother, Robby, lead ordinary lives but for the fact that ``alien situations'' keep occurring. Space warriors who land on the first day of summer vacation change their minds about world domination when they meet the boys' mother. An alien seed-spitting champ crashes Robby's Olympic-theme birthday party, while fans of their mother's bran muffins (``all from other planets'') buzz their yard regularly. In equally deft, entertaining episodes, an alien invader takes over the body of a neighbor's dog, who suddenly starts talking; Miss, an alien playmate, turns a game of pretend involving dinosaurs and floods into the real thing; and Robby leaves the planet without permission. Although much fun is poked at parents, this is a world where no-nonsense moms make the rules and enforce them, and there really is a Santa Claus. With zany black-and-white cartoons of small angular figures, this is a droll and irreverent comedy, at the center of which beats a heart of gold. (Fiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.