Monday, August 27, 2012
Aliens on a Rampage by Cleve Barrett Smith
I have a great middle grade book to tell you about, it is Aliens on a Rampage by Cleve Barrett Smith. I reviewed the first book, Aliens on Vacation, last year. Click here to see the review.
The Story- David is back at his grandma's Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast for the summer. The first person he meets is Scratchull, a shifty alien repairman, that David immediately distrusts, but whom everyone else thinks is great.
Nobody believes David when he tells them Scratchull is up to no good. In fact, the tables get turned and everybody blames David for some serious incidents, and he gets the boot. The only one who will stay by his side is his new alien dog, who eats everything it sees. Can David save the ones he loves from evil alien slave traders?
My Thoughts- Another hit. This book is so funny. I love the bizarre aliens that visit Earth and the strange things they do to fit in. I couldn't believe that everyone was so quick to dismiss David and believe Scratchull, it was very frustrating. The author does a good job building on this tension. By the time David gets the boot, you're beating your head.
I think the book does a good job starting where book one left off. It is well written, and a fun read. It is a little slower than book one, but I think it's just because the foundation is now laid and the story is able to develop more now. I loved the ending. It feels great for David to be justified, and the alien dog, too funny!
Totally worth the read.