Synopses & Reviews
GREEP BOINK MEEP! The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase across the solar system follows in this out-of-this-world version of the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Margaret McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) and Mark Fearing (The Book that Eats People) have created a humorous and visually stunning story that kids will adore—and that will introduce them to the planets and the solar system. The endpapers even include a labeled diagram of all the planets.
"This boisterous galactic retelling of 'The Three Little Pigs' pits resourceful pea-green alien children against a skyscraper-size robot. Siblings Bork, Gork, and Nklxwcyz live with their mother 'in a snug, cozy crater on a tiny little planet.' When their home ' too crowded,' the kids head into the solar system to seek new abodes. Two-eyed sister Bork finds an unmanned rover on a red planet ('Awesome!'). Her one-eyed brother Gork boards a satellite spinning around a ringed planet ('Whee!'). Three-eyed Nklxwcyz prefers a planet with 'thirteen moons, and refreshing breezes.' Soon the Big Bad Robot chases Bork to Gork's home; recalling their mother's advice to 'stick together,' they fly to Nklxwcyz's brick house. Fearing's (The Book That Eats People) collages lend a down-to-earth feel to the interplanetary action. McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) is faithful to the original story, down to the climactic chimney, but has bountiful fun along the way (' Ã¢Â€Â˜Little alien! Little alien!' bleeped the Robot. Ã¢Â€Â˜Pull over! Pull over!' '). This is no astronomy class, but readers can guess the unnamed planets by description, and they'll have fun pronouncing Nklxwcyz. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Shannon has used clever wordplay and created a downright fun language game. . . Classroom spelling bees will never be the same once young readers get their hands on this title."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Shannon and Fearing combine their considerable talents to create a most bewitching tale of self-confidence and perseverance."
"Spelling truly is magic in Shannon's easygoing story about a purple-haired witch named Cordelia who loves spelling words and casting spells."
"It's difficult to make a subject like spelling memorable, but Shannon's text engagingly demonstrates the relationship between words while Fearing's pencil and digital illustrations lend a Saturday-morning-cartoon quality to the characters and the comedic spell-casting action."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
and#8220;Shannon and Fearing turn a spelling lesson into magic.and#8221;
Little witch Cordelia loves to spell. But can she beat the long-time champion in the Witchy Spelling Bee?
Cordelia loves to spell in every way:and#160;studying spelling and practicing spells. She especially likes to double spell, turning her C-A-T into a new C-O-A-Tand#160;by zapping it with the letter O.and#160;So when she sees a sign for the Witches' Double Spelling Bee, she knows it's meant just for her. Cordelia is determined to W-I-Nand#8212;but so is the thirteen-time champion Beulah Divine, age two hundred and three.and#160;Hasand#160;Cordelia studied and practiced enough toand#160;outspell the most fiendish witch at the bee?
About the Author
MARGARET MCNAMARA is the author of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?,
called "illuminating" by Family Fun
magazine and recommended as "a first-purchase consideration" by School Library Journal.
She is also the author of the popular Robin Hill School early reader series, one of which, The Pumpkin Patch,
was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award-Gold. She lives in New York City.
MARK FEARING has created award-winning editorial cartoons, animated shorts that have appeared on Nickelodeon and G4, and was a production manager for Walt Disney Television Animation. He is also the illustrator of The Book that Eats People by John Perry, called "irresistible" by Publishers Weekly and a "hilariously dark story" by School Library Journal. He lives outside Portland, Oregon. Visit him at MarkFearing.com.