Thursday, July 17, 2008

We're off to look for aliens by Colin McNaughton - review

We're Off to Look for Aliens by Colin McNaughton
When is a gimmick not a gimmick? When it WORKS, baby! How's this for a gimmick: Colin McNaughton's new book has a BOOK glued inside it - a book called "We're Off to Look for Aliens".

We're Off to Look for Aliens starts with a man accepting a book from the mailman. The man is Dad, and Dad writes and illustrates children's books. The book is his new book, fresh from the printers, and, judging from the characters that surround Dad as he works (Captain Abdul, Preston Pig, etc.), Dad is Colin McNaughton.

Dad asks Family to have a look at the new book, and steps out to walk the dog. Turn the page, and there's Dad's new book! (Becky from Young Readers took a picture of the book-within-a-book) Dad's new book ROCKS. In it, a character (who looks a lot like Dad) leaves Earth on a rocket with his faithful dog Wilberforce to look for aliens. Dad's new book is colorful, energetic, set to the tune of "Here we go 'round the mulberry bush," and full of rockin' aliens with lots of eyes and bumps.

Dad comes home and Family gives him their review. Unfortunately for Dad, Family has just one problem with it, and I'm not going to tell because it's a darn cute joke!

This one goes home with me.

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