Five Alien Elves

Illustrator Elaine Clayton
by Gregory Maguire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | August 24, 1998 | Hardcover

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On the night before Christmas, something is flying over Hamlet, Vermont, but it isn''t a sleigh with reindeer. It''s a UFO bearing five aliens on a mission: to free this planet from its evil dictator, a fat man in a red suit and a long white beard. Disguised as Earthlings--well, elves--they meet Mayor Grass, fresh from his annual appearance in Santa Claus costume, and capture him. It''s up to Miss Earth''s students, the Tattletales (all the girls except Pearl) and the Copycats (all the boys), to set aside their differences and concoct a rescue scheme. In this Yuletide sequel to Seven Spiders Spinning and Six Haunted Hairdos, visitors from the Planet Fixipuddle join the familiar folks of Hamlet--Miss Earth, Grandma Earth, and the rival Tattletales and Copycats--in a comic extravaganza that is literally out of this world.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 in

Published: August 24, 1998

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395838940

ISBN - 13: 9780395838945

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Five Alien Elves

Illustrator Elaine Clayton
by Gregory Maguire

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 in

Published: August 24, 1998

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395838940

ISBN - 13: 9780395838945

From the Publisher

On the night before Christmas, something is flying over Hamlet, Vermont, but it isn''t a sleigh with reindeer. It''s a UFO bearing five aliens on a mission: to free this planet from its evil dictator, a fat man in a red suit and a long white beard. Disguised as Earthlings--well, elves--they meet Mayor Grass, fresh from his annual appearance in Santa Claus costume, and capture him. It''s up to Miss Earth''s students, the Tattletales (all the girls except Pearl) and the Copycats (all the boys), to set aside their differences and concoct a rescue scheme. In this Yuletide sequel to Seven Spiders Spinning and Six Haunted Hairdos, visitors from the Planet Fixipuddle join the familiar folks of Hamlet--Miss Earth, Grandma Earth, and the rival Tattletales and Copycats--in a comic extravaganza that is literally out of this world.

About the Author

Elaine Clayton is the illustrator of many books for children, including SIX HAUNTED HAIRDOS, FIVE ALIEN ELVES, THE YEOMAN''S DARING DAUGHTER, and THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER (Crown), which she also wrote. She lives in Bridgewater, Connecticut.

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is a founder and codirector of Children''s Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. The author of numerous books for children, Mr. Maguire is also a contributor to Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence, a collection of short stories for gay and lesbian teenagers.

From Our Editors

The town of Hamlet has a very unusual Christmas when aliens crash land in a UFO, escalating the competition between the rival clubs the Copycats and the Tattletales

Editorial Reviews

"This clever comedy, with humor both braod and sly, has the odd combination of hilariously fractious aliens and a generous amount of Christmas cheer, but it works."

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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