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ALIEN ON A RAMPAGE by Clete Barrett Smith


by Clete Barrett Smith

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: June 5th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4231-3448-0
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

In this warm-hearted sequel to Aliens on Vacation (2011), David resumes his summer job at Grandma’s Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast and finds himself on the wrong footing with a creepy alien.

David is thrilled to be back at Grandma’s, where he helps with the vacationing outer-space guests. However, he quickly discovers a sinister element in the new employee, Scratchull. Scratchull is a skull-headed, slug-eating alien whose voice drips with condescension. He gives David the creeps but has everyone else fooled. Snarffle, a purple, bouncy alien with six legs, a spinning tail and a boundless appetite, becomes David’s charge and supplies much of the story’s chuckles. Meanwhile, David stumbles upon Scratchull’s diabolical plan to get home and destroy Earth in the process. Replete with good intentions but lacking in finesse, David is unable to convince the others of their danger. Grandma has entered the baking contest at the Pioneer Day Festival in an effort to improve her relations with the human community, but with Scratchull helping out in the kitchen, David cannot shake this feeling of unease. Over the course of this funny sequel, David proves you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to overcome villainy, and Snarffles can be man’s as well as alien’s best friend.

With a festival grand finale that's like a picnic of the living dead, this outing is spot-on for middle graders who like a dash of humor in their science fiction. (Science fiction. 8-12)