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Skimming this gift selection before wrapping it up for Christmas,, could see why it attracts a young persons selection. When our family receiver liked it.. that's proof of joy,that it was a good selection
Finally purchased this book for my 5 yr. old who has been in love with it since he was 4 yrs. and takes it out at the library whenever he can. Alistair, the little boy genius, is really not of this world. The ending has a great twist. I enjoy reading it to him as much as he enjoys hearing it! That's a twist!
My son loved all of the Alistair books at ages 5-7, we checked them out of the library many times. Now, 10 years later I was in the library, checked out this book and showed it to my 15 year-old who now would rather ride a motorcycle than anything else. He laughed, said "Oh, Alistair!," and immediately read through the book. And he loved it just as much as he did 10 years ago! (And so did I!)
I'm not sure what that says about our educational system though... :)
as an adult alistair, this book made me cry. i am not certain whether the message, which seems to be: - people on earth will like you at sort of a remove if you do something spectacular or heroic, but really the people you belong to are space aliens - would be good for child alistairs. then again, i am not certain a 6 year old who skipped too many grades (or the equivalent) would pick up the message. then again, i am not certain said 6 year old would not. i am giving it 4 stars b/c it is at least a book about the abovenoted person, which is rare & b/c i think it is wellwritten. still, i would think, be wary.