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The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot (edition 2011)

by Margaret McNamara, Mark Fearing (Illustrator)

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Title:The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Authors:Margaret McNamara
Other authors:Mark Fearing (Illustrator)
Info:Schwartz & Wade (2011), Hardcover, 40 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:children's book, fairy-tales, fantasy

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



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This galactic twist on The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf is an entertaining and clever read of the classic folktale. As the three little aliens leave their mother’s home on Mercury, they set off exploring the solar system looking for a new place to call home, hopefully safe from the big bad robot whose robotic utterances are fun for little ones to imitate. The illustrations are created with various mediums, making each page full of texture and depth, emulating the vastness of the universe. In addition to the witty word choices amusing to both children and adults, McNamara successfully paired the great qualities of an engaging read aloud to the primary grades with realistic aspects of space, including the individual characteristics of each planet and the apparatuses found working beyond our atmosphere. This picture book easily translates to classroom units comparing and contrasting similar story lines. Although as noted in the author’s note it is not a science book, it provides an easy connection to many space themes as there are several factual pieces woven throughout the narrative and illustrations, with a comment to look at NASA’s website for more information. ( )
  alizastein | Oct 20, 2013 |
Children who enjoy the classic story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf will find this cosmic retelling of the tale irresistible. Recommended for children ages 4-8.

The text is vivid and clever. We see the Robot “chomping on comets and ripping open black holes.” Children will laugh at references to the original tale’s famous lines, such as, “Not by the slime on my chinny chin chin.”

The book showcases the concept of onomatopoeia with robotic sounds such as “Boink” and “Meep” in large, orange and red block letters. Children will delight in shouting these words with you as you read the story through to the comforting end.

The end papers clearly label the eight planets of Earth’s solar system in order. Each planet is featured in the story; shading and texture meticulously represent gases, valleys, mountains and rings. Illustrations aid children in imagining scientific tools such as satellites and space rovers. The Big Bad Robot is a feast for the eyes, with five angry eyes, giant claws, and rusty metal panels.

For children interested in science, the Author’s Note gives further details about the physical features of the planets. The note suggests NASA’s website for further information and photographs. ( )
  Rachel.Seltz | Sep 30, 2013 |
An entertaining interstellar take on the Three Little Pigs. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This is such a cute story! A take on the classic three little pigs, this story is about three little aliens. They leave their too crowded home with a warning to watch out for the big bad robot. The three aliens find three planets too live on. They eventually run into the big bad robot, but escape just in time. This story would be great for a fairy-tale unit! ( )
  markauch | Dec 13, 2012 |
My inner nerd loved this creative adaptation of the three little pigs. Instead of pigs the characters are aliens, instead of a big bad wolf there is a big bad robot. The pictures are great and the story reads well. Plus there are all kinds of little space facts hidden into the story. ( )
  readr | Oct 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375866892, Hardcover)

GREEP BOINK MEEP! The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase across the solar system follows in this out-of-this-world version of the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Margaret McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) and Mark Fearing (The Book that Eats People) have created a humorous and visually stunning story that kids will adore—and that will introduce them to the planets and the solar system. The endpapers even include a labeled diagram of all the planets.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:35 -0400)

Three aliens set off to find a new planet for themselves but soon Bork and Gork have forgotten all of their mother's good advice and only Nklxwcyz builds a home safe enough to withstand the Big Bad Robot in this story reminiscent of "The Three Little Pigs."… (more)

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