Alien Dude! #2: Mr. Evil Potato Man and the Food Fight!
Written by E. K. Smith
Illustrated by Peter Grosshauser
Zip Line Publishing 9/27/2014
64 pages Age 7—9
“When the villain Mr. Evil Potato Man puts a spell on the school food, students start turning into food and a huge food fight erupts. Alien Dude morphs into a peeler and peels, then fries the giant potato. Once the fries are eaten, the spell is broken.” [publisher summary]
Alien Dude is an early reader for reluctant readers. Aimed at boys (and girls who enjoy alien superheroes), Alien Dude is an enjoyable story about a little alien-student. As Alien Dude sits, quietly working on his lessons, the lunch bell rings. He flies off to the cafeteria, but a quiet lunch will not last long. As kids eat, they start turning into items of food. Pizza, hot dogs, ice cream, and a hamburger with all the works begin popping up at lunch tables. Veggies, too. What in the name of popcorn is going on?
Alien Dude realizes the EVIL Mr. Evil Potato Man has caused the chaos. Alien Dude jumps onto his table and yells,
“Don’t eat the school food! He put a spell on the food.”
Then Mr. Evil Potato Man—the villain—yells . . .
Can you guess what he yells?
The grey-scale illustrations show kids morphing into food. I would have preferred color interior illustrations. Grosshauser’s ability shines on the covers; a marvelous sight sure to catch passing eyes. The cover also masks the simplicity of the story inside. Young boys—and girls—will not be ashamed to read Alien Dude. a story geared toward reading ability, not the reader’s age. The three chapters are composed of one or two sentences per page, with large illustrated characters. Smith repeats words and simple sentence structures to build reluctant readers’ ability and love of reading.
Alien Dude has special powers, as all superheroes should possess. He can fly, fr course, but the little alien can also morph into any working object of his choice. To defeat Mr. Evil Potato Man, Alien Dude morphs into a potato peeler, following up with a slicer, and finally a fryer. Still, the spell . . . Alien Dude disposed of the villain, but the kids, they’re still cafeteria food.
Young children will enjoy the cafeteria humor and the unusual ending. However, I wonder why Alien Dude flies off rather than finish his school day. Maybe this Alien Dude’s reward for cooking the villain’s goose, so to speak. Alien Dude is a series. Book 1: Alien Dude! and the Attack of Wormzilla!! is also available. I enjoyed Alien Dude and think young children will also like the school age alien. He could be sitting next to them right now.
ALIEN DUDE!: MR. EVIL POTATO MAN AND THE FOOD FIGHT! Text copyright © 2014 by E. K. Smith. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by Peter Grosshauser. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Zip Line Publishing, Charlotte, NC.
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Meet the illustrator, Peter Grosshauser, at his short bio: http://bit.ly/1FdmW5y
Find more reluctant readers at the Zip Line Publishing website: http://zipintoreading.com/
This sounds like a funny book! 😀
A good chapter book. Great illustrations.
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That’s one dastardly potato! This looks like a fun book. Great review, Sue.
I forgot to mention, with the illustrations in black & white, the book can also be a coloring book! You can make the Evil Potato Man anything you want. I must have written “Potato Head” countless times instead of “Man.” Geesh! 🙂
I’m loving this cover and the look of the whole book. Looks pretty funny to me! 🙂
The humor is right up you alley. And you can color those interior spreads to your artistic heart’s desire, making it an original edition.
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I don’t buy the idea the potatoes can be bad guys. They are my favorite excuse for a vegetable.
Considering your take on sprouts, Mike, I can see why you feel this way 😉
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Are potatoes a vegetable or a roo–no, I guess they are vegies. Here I have been etting my daily allowance of vegies. Hurray for poatoes–though I much prefer Mr. Potato Head to an Evil Mr. Potato Man.
A potato is the rare vegetable that’s kinda bad for you. I am pro-potato.