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SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz) Hardcover – June 22, 2010
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About the Author
Francesco Sedita studied writing at the Gallatin School of New York University. While at Gallatin, he was a Writing Fellow for Saturday Night Live and upon graduation he wrote and directed a show that ran Off-Off-Broadway for 5 years. Miss Popularity is his first book, published by Scholastic in 2007. Francesco is the Creative Director at Scholastic. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Shane Prigmore is an accomplished professional in the animation, film, and illustration fields. Shane won an Annie Award for his design work on the stop motion feature Coraline. He has also contributed his numerous talents to such projects as: How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Iron Giant...to name a few. Shane resides in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
The kids manage to stay one step ahead of bumbling Agent Umber of the Anti-Alien Agency despite his phalanx of super-spy gadgets, including the Pickle Phone, a box of cereal that turns into a laptop computer and a giant taco disguise.
I found the spelling of Spaceheads - rendered throughout as SPHDZ in white-on-black text - a little distracting at first but after a little while I got used to it.
Some of the best story content is found on accompanying websites, full of Easter eggs and additional jokes and information. Mrs. Halley's website is a brilliant send-up of many teachers' poorly designed efforts, complete with plenty of clashing colors, busy patterns, flashing extras, Comic Sans font and cheery "inspirational" quotes. Agent Umber's somewhat official looking "government" website has most links leading to an ominous pop-up reading, "Access Denied. You do not have sufficient security clearance to view this page." However, some careful poking around will lead to case file reports of The Fried Santa Incident, and a rather silly set of highly bureaucratic forms, including Shoe Replacement and Suit Pocket Addition Forms.Read more ›
Plus sides: We did laugh aloud a couple times. The book is also illustrated and has a manageable amount of text on each page - important for struggling/reluctant readers.
Minus sides: The book was very gimmicky, with crooked text, pages where the text was blocked by what was supposed to look like black "SPHDZ" stickers (the text was repeated without stickers on the next page), a chapter with only eeks and squeaks (ie in the voice of the hamster) and a chapter written upside down. Some kids might get into this, but mine didn't. Real brand names and ad slogans are also mentioned all over the place, and if you don't live in America and watch a lot of TV, this focus on advertising will be fairly meaningless.
I recommend Splurch Academy as a better alternative for this type of audience.
For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal.
I read this book based on other reviews. My objective was to see if it was "fit" for my library. Here are my impressions:
1)Zero plot development. What paltry development there is, moves a glacial speed.
2)Minimal climax. When the "big" confrontation took place, it was an epic snore.
3)Shallow characters devoid of any remarkable traits.
4)As if there isn't enough marketing in the American culture shoved down our throats, much of this book relies on the very "unclever" use of cheap (and stupid) slogans to proffer much of the story in a very circuitous way.
5) As trivial as it seems, it annoyed the daylights out of me for the main character to be referred to first name, last initial. We got it the first 30 times...
I know that I am not an 8-10 year old boy (thank God!), but I am pretty good at choosing and recommending literature for them. I think, as plotless literature consumed for the sake of pleasure goes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants deliver way more bang for the buck. My advice is to check it out from the library. It is a quick read (unless banished to the ORS...)
Word to Mr. Scieszka: "You are brilliant, and you have produced better."
However, if this book can entice ANY part of the boy culture to read... Have at it. Often boys read things that seem stupid and really dig it. We just keep praying that their choices will mature... some do, some don't. :-)
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this book is super good.i really like jon.it is cool and weird.i`d put this in heaven then hell.defeintly not hell defeintly.ill still read this morePublished 20 months ago by Anthony D Homer
This book was for my 9 yr old summer reading and she loved it. Would recommend this book for boy or girl.Published on July 31, 2014 by Emmy
My daughter is in the 3rd grade and has to read to horrid book and then do a report on it. Let me just say that this is the last book of the year for her and she has done 5 others... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by zaphod22
My 10 year-old son loved this book, along with the other in the series. We're hoping #3 is published soon.Published on January 28, 2013 by Eufemia Babcock
I had a hard time finding books my 8-year-old son would read. I decided to give this one a try and he actually liked it and wanted the second one when this one was over. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Jillybenilli
Why I read this: Jon Scieszka writes some of the funniest kids books around and I couldn't resist checking this one out.
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I'm always looking for entertaining reading for my grandson (age 10) This book turned out to be just that. Fast reading and funny. Already ordering other books in this series.Published on March 27, 2011 by Arleen Stolzenberger
This book is FUNNY, but not too much happens. We will look for more books in this series, since the plot of this book feels unfinished. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by M. Heiss