Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen AveyDear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent by Pen Avey

Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent

byPen Avey

Paperback | December 10, 2018

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Dethbert Jones is your average ten-year-old - only he lives on the planet Crank with his pet chicken-snail, Precious, and his robot best friend Andi Social. When he and Andi join the Space Cadets, a Scouts-like organization, they are totally smooshed at the prospect of going to Space Camp where they'll learn to pilot a real shuttlecraft and disintegrate weapons of mass destruction. Blamtastic!

To earn his cosmic correspondent badge, Dethbert begins writing to an earthling - and boy, does he have a lot to write about! Between questions about Earth food, culture, and activities, Dethbert recounts his experiences attempting to avoid his horrible little sister, impress his animal-obsessed crush, and fly a space shuttle. Misadventures - from hairy ankles to crash landings - abound, but Dethbert's curiosity and enthusiasm can?t be crushed, not by anything in this galaxy, anyway!
Pen Avey writes and illustrates for children from her home in Norfolk, UK. She is quite a nosy person, but uses the cover story 'RESEARCH' to hide this fact. When not being unduly curious about the affairs of others, Pen enjoys hanging out with her family and playing with her pet cats, Crumble and Mortimer.
Title:Dear Earthling: Cosmic CorrespondentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:116 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.27 inPublished:December 10, 2018Publisher:Common Deer PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1988761263

ISBN - 13:9781988761268


Editorial Reviews

This book is a compi- lation of letters written to Earthling, from the planet Earth, from Dethbert Jones, a 10.63 year old from the planet Crank. Dethbert describes his day-to-day activities and in doing so shows that he experiences many of the same feelings as a regular Earth boy. He is jealous of Stabwell Phillips, arival for his love interest, Killian. He He squabbles with his sister Shriekfest, and he has arguments with his best friend Andi, the robot.The planet Crank mirrors Earth in many ways, although in some aspects it is more evolved. Meat eating is not allowed because, "the animals don't like it". Robots are autono- mous. Andi has his own family, including his dad-bot. Police are no longer required because there is no longer any crime. Unfortunately, both Earth and Crank are still facing the pollu- tion of the oceans.Dethbert and Andi have an adventure when they go off to Space Camp. After crash landing their spacecraft on the planet Blarch, they meet some interesting characters, including Albert, the crown prince of Grizzle, who happens to be a missing monarch and the mysterious Many- Clawed Beastie.Middle schoolers will love this book. It has a host of plays on words such as: Z-box games called Mortal Wombat, glueberry muffins, and the month of Mocktober. The tone is full of fun with lots of bathroom humour, such as the old standby, "creens,creens, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot." There are many references to "parpling" as well. Dethbert is full of hi-jinks and observations.This book could be used to introduce writing friendly letters, humour, the science fiction genre, and the use of plays on words.Thematic Links: Friendship; Growing Up; Outer Space