Kloepfer, John Galaxy’s Most Wanted: into Dorkness (Book #2) 234 pgs. Harper Collins, 2015. $12.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
A group of kids at a summer camp have just come off battling an alien invasion, one they sort of caused by building an interstellar text messenger which drew the aliens to earth. Although the kids were able to defeat the aliens, a new group has arrived. These reptilian aliens are called the Kamilions. Luckily the kids have an alien friend and their scientific skills to help them out. They have to deal with brainwashed soccer campers, fly a space cruiser, hide out form a freeze ray bomb and more.
This book is a total no-go if you haven’t read the first book in the series. A garbled attempt at summarizing the first book is made, but it really just hops right into the main story. I feel like I missed getting to know the characters and the buy-in to this zany fast paced world. I think that students would like it, its fast, funny, easy to read, and full of pictures. I felt like it might be too nonsensical at times (too much made up inventions and creatures and plotlines) and that it was way too long. Readers that go for super silly plotlines like this don’t often want a book this long. I also didn’t like the aliens being accused of sniffing the kids underwear, that kind of stuff is just disturbing to read in a kids book.
EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.