I am thrilled to be hosting Mr. Jon Scieszka today on his blog tour for his new middle grade book, SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz)!
Jon Scieszka is the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, named by the Library of Congress. He is the author of some of the best known and funniest books written for children including The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Time Warp Trio series and the Caldecott Honor Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales. He is the creator of the Trucktown series, of which Smash!Crash! was an NY Times bestseller for many weeks. Jon is a former elementary school teacher, and a avid promoter of literacy—particularly for boys. His website www.guyssread.com focuses on his national campaign. Jon lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. (For more information, check out this website.)
SPHDZ Book #1! is absolutely hysterical! While it is aimed at younger readers, on the lower end of the middle grade spectrum, I still found myself laughing out loud. Part comic book, part prose, it will be hard to tear this one out of young readers’ hands. The book is the perfect combination of an actual, physical book and pouring over a physical book with the technology that kids love.
Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren’t kids at all.At first, they just seemed super weird. Then, they announce that they are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ. But with a hamster as their leader, “kids” who talk like walking advertisements, and Michael K as their first convert (and only convert), will the SPHDZ be able to keep their cover and pull off their assignment?
I highly recommend SPHDZ, especially to boy readers. I gave my copy to my younger cousin and he was a little skeptical until he read the first page. After laughing hysterically, he screamed across the room, “This book is funny and awesome!” I’d say that is a stamp of approval.
Today, I am happy to announce that Jon Sciezka has created some exclusive content for TheReadingZone readers! Rather than explain it, I’ll let Mr. Sciezcka take it away….
“Major Fluffy is definitely a Spaceheadz. He has disguised himself as what he believes is the most powerful form on all Earth – a fifth grade class hamster. But Major Fluffy knows more than you might think. The only problem is that he usually speaks hamster . . . or dog . . . or cat . . . or duck . . . or baby . . . or whale . . . or ant . . . and maybe grape soda.”
*review copy courtesy of the publisher