10.07.2011

THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT


THE THREE LITTLE ALIENS AND THE BIG BAD ROBOT by Margaret McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) and illustrated by Mark Fearing (The Book that Eats People . . .  one of my favorites) just came out the other week and I think it is simply brilliant. This out-of-this-world take on the classic Three Little Pigs tale is cleverly done and a sure crowd pleaser. McNamara's writing is fun and witty with words like "greep" and "boink" and a gazillion other words that are fun to say out loud speckled throughout the book, references to movies like E.T. (sure kids might not get all of these but it is always nice to have some things for the adult reader as well), and silly/quotable lines throughout like "Not by the slime on my chinny chin chin!" (I think that was one of my favorites). 




Mark Fearing's illustrations are perfect for this book. The characters are appealing and expressively rendered (I'm especially a fan of the three alien children who each are so full of personality). The pacing is right on. The attention to detail is fantastic. Yep, so I pretty much recommend this book to infinity and beyond!