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They'll Believe Me When I'm Gone Hardcover – July 14, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Max dreams of swapping his family for a new one from outer space. His fantasies include having an alien mom who "won't sniff my face every night to check that I've really washed with soap," an alien dad who can read minds and never asks "dumb questions," and an alien brother with a "very tiny" mouth. After several nights of sending signals with his flashlight, Max packs his bags and waits expectantly in the backyard with his dad. A wordless spread shows him trading places with a purple, pointy-headed counterpart. However, he doesn't want to leave home for good, and he promises to return in two weeks, vowing to help his father realize his own childhood fantasy of digging a hole to China. Davis's exaggerated cartoons are a good match for this far-fetched story. The brightly colored artwork is filled with varying perspectives and close-ups of humorous-looking characters. Children will laugh at the illustration of the alien son wearing clean underwear and having his face scrubbed. A wacky tale told from a child's point of view.
Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Amy Axelrod and Jack E. Davis teamed up as author and illustrator on the first book about Max and his family, My Last Chance Brother, which Booklist called "kooky" and "comical." Amy Axelrod is the author of the popular Pigs Will Be Pigs series.
Jack E. Davis has illustrated many other picture books, including Marsupial Sue, by John Lithgow.
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