Reviews for My Cousin, the Alien


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Zack's cousin Ethan--who thinks himself an alien--moves to town. Zack tries to humor his odd relative and keep him from getting beaten up at school. Despite some two-dimensional characters, shown in similarly flat caricature illustrations, the story holds a surprise or two (aliens aren't real, are they?), moves at a brisk pace, and portrays a complex friendship between the cousins. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 August #1
Fledgling chapter-book readers turned off by the grosser parts of the Andrew Lost tales may enjoy the more conventional escapades in this kickoff. Readers meet Ethan, a flaxen-haired lad with a mysterious amulet and a lifelong conviction that he's an alien Prince in hiding, and Zack, his cousin and protector, who narrates. Here, Zack's natural skepticism of Ethan's claims dissolves in the face of encounters with Bill and Clyde, strange adult twins who turn out to be real, murderous aliens with otherworldly weapons. Service takes some time getting to the action, but she does at last put her young folk into escalating danger that culminates in a violent climax and also tucks in more than one red herring to set up multiple twists at the end. Family ties and Zack's unusually well-developed sense of responsibility for his troubled cuz form strong thematic elements in this outing, the first of a projected four. Gorman's frequent black-and-white cartoon scenes of popeyed preteens in various hazardous situations add notes of comical suspense. (Science fiction. 9-11) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 January
First in a series, this science fiction chapter book is about two cousins: Ethan thinks he is an alien, and no one, including his cousin Zack believes him. But Zack sees himself defending Ethan against nonbelievers. Zack considers Ethan?s alien story just a game until he realizes that two fat, bald guys are following them. When the bald guys try to kill them, alien agent Sorn arrives in time to help save the cousins. The writing style reads smoothly with sentence structure at times adding to the intensity of situations, and b&w drawings throughout adding another layer to the story. Zack?s voice is strong and provides vivid descriptions allowing the reader to visualize the cousins? adventures. The reader will quickly become engaged and truly enjoy the twist at the end, hinting at more adventures. Recommended. Eileen Wright, Reference Librarian, Montana State University- Billings ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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