Thursday, January 24, 2013

#10- Aliens in Underpants Save the World

10) Aliens in Underpants Save the World
Written by: Claire Freedman
Illustrated by: Ben Cort
Scholastic, Inc.
26 pages
Picture Book

            I chose this book because the title contains the word “underpants”. You’re laughing at me, I know, but titles like this one are a great way to get children who don’t normally want to read into the experience. It is about a group of aliens who love underpants. They realize there is a meteorite headed for Earth, which is also their underpants supply! They step into action immediately, stealing many underpants from the unsuspecting humans on Earth. After stitching them together, they form a huge boundary to send the meteorite the other way. The aliens save Earth with our underpants!

            The illustrations in this book are super colorful. There is underwear everywhere, of all different types! It is clear that the illustrator got to have fun with this book. The pictures take up the whole page. They are done in paint. The illustrator used great detailing. Some of the space ships even have “I heart underpants” bumper stickers on them!

            I would recommend this book as a read aloud for any primary grade. It’s inevitable, kids love underpants. The book is a good laugh. Since it is in poetic couplets, this book could be used in a poetry lesson. It could also be used in a lesson about fantasy or a space lesson. I would probably use this book during a poetry unit at the end of the day as a relaxer before the children go home. It was a fun book to read!


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