Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off! Early Chapter Book Review


Alien in My Pocket: Blast Off!  by Nate Ball, Illustrated by Macky Paminutan

Age Range: 6 – 10 years

Grade Level: 1 – 5

Series: Alien in My Pocket (Book 1)

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (January 7, 2014)

Genre: Science Fiction/early chapter book

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The adventure begins in this exciting new chapter book series, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment! 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.

With illustrations on every spread, a how-to on launching a rocket, fun scientific facts, and the hilarious adventures of Zack and Amp, this book is the perfect gift for any young reader!

Supports the Common Core State Standards

My Thoughts:

When an alien crash lands in Zack’s bedroom, he and his friend Olivia have to race against time to send the hamster sized alien back into space before earth is attacked.

This is a fun, fast paced adventure designed for newly independent readers. Kids that like aliens, science, or rockets will like this book. There are even instructions on how to make your own rocket in the back of the book! There are lots of black and white illustrations along the way to add visual interest to the story.

Content: clean

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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