2015-2016 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Winner!
With engaging illustrations on every spread, a page-turning plot, a do-it-yourself experiment on building your own rocket, and fun science facts throughout, this is the perfect chapter book for young readers! And it’s all from the amazing brain of MIT graduate Nate Ball, host of PBS’s Emmy Award-winning Design Squad series.
When a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it's up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.
The adventure begins in this thrilling new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!
Ball, host of PBS's Design Squad Nation, proves that his know-how extends beyond science and engineering in this playful first book in the Alien in My Pocket series. After a spaceship crashes in Zack's bedroom, Amp, a tiny blue alien, emerges and announces that his planet plans to invade Earth. Amp is horrified at how large earthlings are ("This is an intergalactic snafu of epic proportions!"), and he asks Zack to help fix his spaceship so he can return home to call off the attack. Stowing away in Zack's backpack, the alien creates a stir at school as he demonstrates his power to alter people's behavior and upends the science lab while searching for materials to fix his ship. Ball slyly slips science into the plot, which culminates in the kids building a bottle rocket to launch Amp's spacecraft (bottle rocket instructions are included). With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn. The Science Unfair pubs simultaneously. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 6 10. Author's agent: Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency.
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It was a good book and it teaches u about different things
This book has so much potential, adventure, and action. I highly recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl. This book belongs in any collectors series.
This book is so awesome!!! I couldnt decide if i wanted to read the book quickly.. or read it slowly. But if u think about it… reading it slowly would be better bc u can see all the halarious parts of the book, and u might even rememmber it when u grow older… so i read it slowly. It was AMZZZING!!!!!!!!