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Summary: In this follow-on to Alien Eraser to the Rescue, Max continues to experiment so he can be a scientist. When Ms. Blodge tells the class that they will be studying Egypt Max gets excited. When he gets his best friend Omar as his partner, he is over the moon. Thankfully, Max's army of alien erasers is around to help with their project ... and Max's special project of using magic to get his parents back together. This is a graphic novel for young readers.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 4.7
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "Look Mom, it's about Egypt!" Our daughter had studied Egypt last year in school and she was thrilled to share her knowledge as Max learned about hieroglyphics, pyramids, pharaohs, etc.
Adult Reader Reaction: It took a little bit, but we've gotten used to the author's style for telling a story. It still seems a bit "mish-mashed," but based on our daughter's reaction, it works. There is plenty of fun and lots of factual information, too.
Pros: Kids will love these graphic novels, filled with easy-to-replicate experiments they can do themselves.
Cons: Because the experiments/inventions are interspersed every couple pages, they can get distracting.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The book is fun, but it isn't one you'd keep around forever.
Educational Themes: There is plenty to explore in this book, from Egyptian history to basic science experiments. It may also be a way to help kids deal with the first stages of separation/divorce or create an opening to talk about it.
Notes: A fellow reviewer and school librarian donated her copy of this book to the Reading Tub®.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, graphic novel, humor, family, series
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2010
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.