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Aug 14 2015

Alien Attack by Alan MacDonald

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Ill. by Nigel Baines. Superhero School series. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408825242
(Age: 7 - 9) Recommended. Themes: Heroes, Villains, Life on other planets, School stories, Humorous Stories. Stan, Minnie, Miles and Pudding the Wonderdog are back in the next instalment of Superhero School and it is just as exciting as the first novel. There are superheroes learning to fly not very successfully, incidents with Bionic Bubblegum, aliens landing and causing drama and the Mighty High students busy revising for their first year HEROES exams.
During an excursion to the annual Superhero Convention, Miles comes in contact with little green aliens who have landed in the leisure centre car park. The touch of long sticky alien tongue on Miles' forehead leads him into all sorts of trouble. Back at school, his friends are busy learning to fly with Professor Bird, diving into an empty pool where two students are holding a blanket! Much to everyone's surprise Miles is a natural flying over the pool, even doing a loop-the-loop. Meanwhile, across town the aliens have a prisoner who looks exactly like Miles wearing a blindfold made from undies.
Alien Attack is a great read for younger children combining a cartoon format with easy to read action-packed chapters. Nigel Baines' graphic cartoon illustrations compliment this Alan MacDonald's superhero story.
Rhyllis Bignell

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