Book of the Week: The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara and Mark Fearing

Published: 2011 by Schwartz & Wade

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

This is a retelling of one of my most favorite stories: the three little pigs

The robot is so BIG that he doesn’t always fit on the page.

The three little aliens don’t get lost and happen to wander into the robots lair, instead mama alien pushes them out of the nest.

I love the aliens names: Bork (who’s a girl btw), Gork, and Nklxwcyz (which I haven’t a clue as to how to pronounce).

Bork’s little ruby-red boots remind me of another famous pair of ruby shoes.

As they fly through outer space each try to find a planet of their own to call home.

Bork finds herself a small rover in which she could tour her new red planet. The red planet obviously matches her red boots.

Gork find a satellite in which he could circle the rings of his new home.

Meanwhile Nklxwcyz (the sensible one) finds a home on a blue planet that he hopes will blend into the atmosphere, keeping him safe from the big bad robot.

Nklywcz is a handy little alien – he builds his own house on his own blue planet.

The big bad robot is quite terrifying. He has five, yes FIVE, eyes. Besides the five eyes thing, he also flies.

The little aliens are always looking out for one another, no matter how far away they are.

I love how the aliens have to wear space bubble helmets when they’re out and about in space. I also love how they wear jet packs too.

The big bad robot doesn’t huff and puff, he clinks and clanks, pounds and punches, his way in.

Little Nklxwcyz’s house in unsmashable.

When they defeat the big bad robot, he explodes and lights up the night sky like it’s the 4th of July.

As Gork says “It’s awesome!”

I love how this book is a fun opportunity for kids to learn about space and/or science.

Even though this book isn’t full of scientific facts and figures I would totally consider it a science book.

I loved just how fun this book was. As an adult it took me back to my childhood and back to my favorite bedtime stories.

The illustrations were pitch perfect – not only did they compliment the writing, they brought the writing alive.

The writing was simple, strong, and really drives the story.

This book would make a great bedtime story … for kids of all ages.



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