"Fans of Dav Pilkey, Jon Scieszka, and Tom Angleberger will race to read this smart and silly space adventure." —School Library Journal
The launch of a hilarious space adventure trilogy for young readers by David Lubar, author of the popular Weenies Tales!
When seventh grader Nicholas V. Landrew, his beloved pet gerbil Henrietta, and a package of ground beef are beamed aboard an alien space ship, they soon find themselves on the run in a madcap chase across the universe.
Now all Nicholas wants to do is get back home before his parents find out and ground him forever, but with the Universal Police hot on his trail, that won’t be easy. Before it’s all over, Henrietta will find herself safely ensconced back in her cage, Nicholas will be crowned Emperor of the Universe, and something even more surprising will happen to the package of ground beef.
"David Lubar’s Emperor of the Universe is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for middle school!" —Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee
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Launching a planned trilogy, this screwball space odyssey from Lubar (the Weenies series), written as an homage to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, opens as seventh grader Nicholas V. Landrew witnesses his beloved gerbil, Henrietta, and a package of hamburger meat sequentially disappear in a flash of light. A third flash transports the boy to a spaceship, where he discovers his pet and the burger meat strapped to a table. They're about to be dissected by a team of scientists resembling tentacled caterpillars, until Nicholas impulsively stomps on them. Then he learns that, thanks to the aliens' GollyGosh! device, Henrietta and the hunk of meat (which Nicholas names "Jeef") have suddenly attained "self-awareness" and can speak. The banter among the three hilariously unlikely besties the beleaguered yet bold boy; glib, self-assured Henrietta; and pontificating Jeef, who reminisces about life as a cow raised on a Mennonite farm powers much of the story's humor. Intergalactic calamities multiply as the trio, aided by fantastical technology, careens through galaxies in the company of wildly eccentric aliens, inadvertently annihilating planets while dodging space pirates. It's a riotous ride best suited to kids who gravitate toward spiraling plots and offbeat comedy. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9 11.