Book #2: Aliens on Vacation

Book #2: Aliens on Vacation

Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series) by Clete Barrett Smith

February Book Choices (Polls closed Jan 20):

  1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell (Ages 9+, 192 pages)
  2. Blow Out the Moon by Libby Koponen (Ages 8+, 224 pages)
  3. Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series) by Clete Barrett Smith (Ages 8+, 272 pages)

Wow, Serious Readers! After just a few pages, I am immediately struck by Clete Barrett Smith's vibrant character descriptions and original premise in Aliens on Vacation. With this book's creative style, there will be a lot to chew on together!

Aliens on Vacation is described by Kirkus Reviews to be "ideal for upper-elementary readers dabbling in sci-fi." It stars 12-year-old, David (nicknamed "Scrub"), who is disappointed to leave his Florida home and friends to spend the summer with his crazy grandmother in “Middle-of-Nowhere,” Washington. When he arrives at her inn (the "Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast"), David is shocked to discover that each room is an off-Earth portal! Even crazier, Grandma is the gate-keeper, playing hostess to aliens vacationing on Earth. Grandma is in desperate need of David's help to monitor, feed, and entertain her unusual guests. All is well until David takes glow-in-the-dark alien kids camping and runs into the town sheriff, who is already quite suspicious of Grandma. Can David think on his feet and protect Grandma's cover, or will her B&B's secret be discovered before the intergalactic police can intervene?

Sounds awfully fun, doesn't it? Happy reading, Serious Readers!

Images and excerpts from Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast) by Author Clete Barrett Smith and Illustrator Christian Slade, Disney-Hyperion

I know where I'd like to go for my next vacation! Do you think we can ever convince Scrub's grandma to permit Earthlings to stay at the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast?

Between Grandma's eccentric quirks, her guests' extraterrestrial ways, and Scrub's hilarious attempts to act normal while cosmic chaos erupts, I'm flipping pages of Aliens on Vacation quicker than Mr. Harnox can chow down a box of aluminum foil!

Ready for galaxies of fun? Download the Discussion Guide!

  • "Characters Out of This World" invites you to draw pictures of Mr. Squid-Man and The Jungle Boys, a few wacky "tourists" who stay at the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast
  • "Create Your Own Alien" has you dream up your own extraordinary extraterrestrial! Maybe your alien performs acrobats in a fishbowl...or eats dictionaries in order to learn languages!
  • "Discussion Questions" turns your antenna toward key scenes, themes, and characters
  • "Journal Ideas" encourages you to write a conversation with a space alien and explore a couple of Scrub's grandma's many "deep thoughts"!

Images and excerpts from Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast) by Author Clete Barrett Smith and Illustrator Christian Slade, Disney-Hyperion

Bonus: Alien-Murphy-Dog makes two cameo appearances in this episode!

Aliens on Vacation had several of us Serious Readers on the edge of our seats, anxious to find out how "Scrub" would save the day after the Jungle Boys' glowing performance right over Sheriff Tate's campsite! Serious Readers Jessica and Jonathan both enjoyed the book's many funny parts too.

My favorite aspect of this book was the author's colorful and detailed characterization. Both aliens and humans were described so vividly that I often knew the characters personalities before they'd uttered a single word. Watch the video above for a fun exercise from my Discussion Guide to help you create your own characters that LEAP off the page and into your readers' heads!

If you liked this book, you'll be excited to learn that Clete Barrett Smith has written two more books in the Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series: Aliens on a Rampage and Aliens in Disguise !

Images and excerpts from Aliens on Vacation (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast) by Author Clete Barrett Smith and Illustrator Christian Slade, Disney-Hyperion

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