Monday, August 22, 2011

7 Science Fiction Books

Today’s collection of books has a little something for everyone: picture books (not just for little kids!), a Chris Van Allsburg sequel, a time-traveling ghost and 2 series.

Space Case by Edward Marshall, illustrated by James Marshall (Guess what – they’re the same person!)
What happens when a robot from outer space joins a boy as he’s trick-or-treating? Confusion and fun! Plus, the thing saves the day when the boy brings him to school.

Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
At the end of Jumanjii, a young boy is seen running home with a game tucked under his arm. In Zathura, we find out what happens to him. Turns out, there’s another game jammed into the bottom of the original Jumanjii game. If you're thinking this new game takes the players on a wild ride, you’re absolutely right!

Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
An alien boy is late to school so often, his teacher threatens him with permanent detention unless he comes up with a good excuse.
Fortunately, a transmission from outer space provides him with plenty of excuses.

Time Train by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Claire Ewart
Chances are, you’ve never been on a field trip like this. An unsuspecting teacher and her class board a train that takes them straight to the time of dinosaurs.

The Blue Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
Okay, this book is not exactly science fiction, but it does feature time travel so I decided to include it. Liz is the youngest of a long line of
Elizabeths. They go all the way back to her great-great-great-grandmother Elizabeth. Read to find out what happens when Liz is visited by a blue ghost and how Liz becomes a guardian angel to Elizabeth’s children.

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
When his uncle gives Joe a special book called, The Book, for his birthday, Joe and his 2 friends didn’t know what to expect. For sure, they didn’t expect to become knights and battle fire-breathing dragons, plus smelly giants. This is part a very popular series, Time Warp Trio,  and is great fun.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
I admit I resisted reading this book. I figured I wouldn't like it, but it quite charmed me. Fourth graders George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s the superhero Captain Underpants. Captain Underpants leads them to the wicked Dr. Diaper and his evil robot henchmen. Sound silly? It really is - but great fun. It's the first of the Captain Underpants series.

I'm sure I'll be back soon with more science fiction books. Do you have any to recommend?

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