Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Review: Aliens Stink! by Steve Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 8th, 2014
Some seriously weird stuff is happening on Planet Earth. Pollution is cleaned up overnight. A sweet smell fills the air. Strange lights are seen in the skies...Could they possibly be UFOs? Have aliens come to fix our world? Only one boy and his dad - and possibly his goldfish - know that the truth is stranger, scarier - and a whole lot smellier...Kidnapped and taken to a super-secret base, Tim discovers the full extent of the alien threat ...and the extraordinary kids fighting it. With the aid of a little huggy alien, and a depressed guard, Tim and his weird new friends take the battle to the aliens. Oh, and that goldfish has a big part to play...!
Aliens Stink! is about Tim, his scientist dad and his pet goldfish. Strange stuff is happening on Earth - pollution suddenly disappears, the air smells weird and unidentified lights are rife in the sky, and who's to blame? Aliens! Tim and his dad are kidnapped and soon find there's more to the invasion than they originally thought, but can they stop it and save Earth...?
Aliens Stink! is a fun book for 8+ readers but I have to admit it isn't one of my favourites for that age group. I found it overly long, though I did enjoy looking at the many fantastic illustrations by Jim Field. Little G the green alien is my favourite character in the whole book. With his cute obsession with hugs, affinity for fish and noses as ears, he really is unforgettable!
I'm sure younger readers will love this book, especially boys (but girls too, of course). It's funny, bonkers and actually quite complicated, and is all about aliens and space. What more could you want?! I'm intrigued enough to try more books by Steve Cole, and I think I'll start with Magic Ink. I've heard nothing but good reviews!