Disclosure: Life as Leels received a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.
Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.
Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).
And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.
If only he can survive.
I have to be honest – the story line wasn’t really my thing, but it was definitely something my kids and hubby would like and it was enjoyable (just not my every day, typical normal read!)
It is recommended for middle grade and while I felt the wording may be a little difficult for my 1st grade (6 year old) son, but I think my 3rd grade (almost 9 year old) daughter would have minimal issues reading it. I am certain both of them would enjoy the story.
This is book one of five and was a quick read for an adult.
This isn’t your typical chapter book as it does have “pictures” but I wouldn’t really call it a picture book either. It’s a perfect combination of the two and the illustrations really are something else.
The backgrounds on all of the illustrations were quite beautiful.
The people/martians looked a little computer animated and sometimes out of place, but I my kids and hubby loved all the illustrations and I didn’t feel it took away from the story. They really added a nice element to the book and a few of them I found myself stopping the story to really check out the picture.
All in all, definitely a book that I could see maybe 4th grade through 8th grade really enjoying.
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About the Author
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.
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