Monday, December 19, 2011

274. Good vs. Evil: Alien Snow by Michael Dahl

Alien Snow by Michael Dahl. Illustrated by Roberta Pares (Canada) - (US)
Good vs Evil series

Pages: 48
Ages: 10+
Finished: Dec. 15, 2011
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, easy reader, science fiction
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Welcome. Are you here for the globe?

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.  He loved the first book in the series that he read.

Ds eagerly grabbed this book when I presented it to him as he had loved the other "Good vs Evil" book we had read.  Written with the story told from the evil character's perspective on one half of the page and from the good character's on the other half.  One can read the book up to three times for a different viewpoint each time.  DS read this twice, once from each point of view.  First he read across the top of the pages covering up the bottom half while reading from the evil point of view which is about an alien creature disguised as an old man who runs an antiques store, but who secretly has his own collection of planetary specimens.  Then ds read the story along the bottom half of the pages from the good perspective, that of a boy who sees something neat in the window of the store and goes in but never comes out again.  This time we kept the top uncovered and watched how the two points of view merged together as the good side unrolled. 

A creepy little Twilight Zone-type of story.  Ds highly wants the other two books in the series.  He is a reluctant reader and never asks for books, and he's specifically said he doesn't want to get these out of the library, he wants his own.  Since this is such a rarity I am going to get the books for him.  I hope the series continues and perhaps uses more text as of right now the books are highly picture based with a minimum of text.

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