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Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters (Volume 1) Paperback – December 7, 2012
From the Author
The idea for Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters came out of watching a lot of kids television with my two boys before they had started going to primary school. I'd been screenwriting for 8 years with limited success and had been thinking about switching to producing children's animation for television. I had an idea for these crazy, dopey aliens doing silly things and failing badly at their attempts to take over Earth.
From the Back Cover
Ninja fighting, half-robot, half-monster aliens from Alpha Centauri have come to destroy the Earth. Are two bickering brothers the world's only hope?
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Their job was to learn how to save the Earth (should any attacks be imminent), and they were being taught by the best in the business - their father. He was a scientist with a massive lab under their house, accessed by the garden shed. The monsters who were always trying to take over Earth were SNARMS (Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters). Mum, Dad and the two boys were the only humans who could protect Earth.
In the Robo-suits their father had built, Matt and Jamie would jet up to the planets, fly around the asteroids and practice their craft. But when suddenly the horrible, nasty, mean aliens appeared and began their attack on Earth, the boys were a little scared. Could they really save Earth? They were only boys after all. When Mum and Dad were captured, it seemed the two boys had no choice - destroy the monsters or lose Earth to evil alien forces!
What a great kids book! Aussie author Jeff Bilman has captured the essence of the younger generation with ease, and while I'm certainly not ten (and haven't been for many a long year!) I quite enjoyed this story. Thinking of my grandson who is seven, I think I would leave it a couple of years for him to read it.
I'm not a boy, or young, but I enjoyed the book too.
The story moves along at a good pace. I liked the interaction between the two boys and the aliens--their fights, which ranged from ninja moves to trading insults, were entertaining, in some cases bordering on the downright silly. The storyline is imaginative--from the invading alien prunes to the best way to best the Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters (or SMARMs--they buckle under the pressure of a well hurled insult.) Mum and Dad are both goofy and loving, and amidst all this nuttiness, kids reading the book will learn a few cool facts about outer space.
The main character (Matt) develops during the story. Matt begins to understand the importance of working with his brother as a team instead of thinking he is the best. He learns something, as do the other kids in the book. Best of all, he whallops the aliens in the end and saves the Earth.
The book is not too long or too short. Bilman does a good job creating funny dialogue, although sometimes it gets almost too silly (kids aren't going to mind this much.) The robots shout "Puny humans" a little more than what's good for 'em, but I'm thinking that Bilman might have overdone this as a bit of a sarcastic joke on the phrase. Somehow, in this book, robots yelling out "puny humans" works.
Bilman could tighten his writing style a bit. But kids won't care. They'll enjoy this crazy romp into outer space, silly insults and all.
Nik's Picks Indie Book Reviews
These kids have some amazing adventures in their specially designed suits that give them awesome size, strength and the ability to fly off into space - all with their own mind-power. What kid wouldn't want to do that? Pair this exciting ability with writing that is full of kid jokes (eg. Farty bum breath etc.), and this book is bound to give kids in the target audience a good laugh.
The story is told in a fun and humorous way and the characters are likable. This book is a fun read.
But seriously, SNARM is a funny, at-times moving, story about two brothers learning to value each other as they stand (almost) alone on Earth's last line of defence. Well pitched for the 8-10 bracket (give or take), and much richer than the cookie cutter stuff being churned out by the big names (not mentioning any...)
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Our son, aged 10, read the book in three days. He loved it.Read more