Reviews for Aerostar and the 3 1/2-Point Plan of Vengeance
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
This is the third novel-in-doodles featuring time-traveling, alien-slaying sixth graders Alex, Herbert, and Sammi. The trio hurtles back and forth through time to defeat AeroStar, a 111-year-old villainess using giant carnivorous plants to exact her revenge on present-day Earth. Sometimes confusing time-travel logic is offset by an energetic plot and funny black-and-white sketches.
Kirkus Reviews 2013 March #1
New threats to their small town, both in the present and the future, again send squabbling frenemies Alex, Herbert and Sammi--aka the intrepid AlienSlayers--through the wormhole in Alex's backyard. It's all due to an elaborate scheme concocted by AeroStar, Sammi's embittered 111-year-old future self. On the one hand, a century from now, the friendly aliens of Merwinsville have been stranded on the dark side of the moon while giant wreckers destroy their earthly Utopia. On the other, a time-traveling alien has sown giant, ambulatory, meat-eating plants in the present town's community garden. Hurtling back and forth through time and space to the rescue puts the trio of sixth-graders in the way of a nonstop barrage of blaster fire from AeroStar's Utility Tiara, a horde of attacking MinionBots, chases, narrow escapes and reunions with previously met allies. That's not to mention poop, pizza and Sally Field jokes, practically superfluous Captain Underpants references, and multiple cascades of slime and alien vomit. Though billed as "Yet another novel in cartoons," the many line drawings more often reflect the action than add to it; most of the tale is told in short cliffhanger chapters that alternate relentlessly between then and now. The farce is frantic to the point of being labored, but there's still plenty of room in the Captain's Underpants for this gang of fellow travelers. (Science fiction. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.