Spaceheadz, Book #3!
Spaceheadz, Book #3!

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Series: Spaceheadz Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Michael K., Venus, TJ, and the SPHDZ are working hard to keep kids signing up tobe Spaceheadz, but Agent Umber of the AAA (Anti Alien Agency) is relentless and the unseen leader of Spaceheadz turns out not to be who anyone expected.
Catalog Number: #52675
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Prigmore, Shane,
Pages: 211 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-416-97956-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-51205-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-416-97956-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-51205-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2011029872
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this third entry in the Spaceheadz series, an imperiled world once more relies on rescue from Brooklyn fifth-graders Michael K. and his friends, along with aliens who are disguised as fifth-graders (although one of the aliens, Major Fluffy, is passing as a hamster). Meanwhile, Agent Umber of the AAA (Anti Alien Agency) is on a nonstop campaign to thwart the Spaceheadz. Finally, a tough-talking, military-type Santa recruits Michael K. into a search for a stolen brain wave, leaving the Spaceheadz well poised for their next adventure. As with the other books in this series, the plot is secondary to the slapstick gags and general mayhem. With plenty of twists, lots of well-timed comic noises, and even a hilarious section narrated by Major Fluffy, this is sure to delight fans, while recruiting new ones. Another laugh factory between covers.
Horn Book
Nearing their goal of recruiting "3.14 million + 1" earthlings to help save their planet, Major Fluffy and his crew's troubles are about to end. Or not. With their Earth friends' help, the aliens try to find out who betrayed them. Comical, convoluted, and goofy, this series will continue to engage fans and confound the uninitiated.
Kirkus Reviews
Alien Spaceheadz approach their goal of recruiting 3.14 million + one Earthling SPHDZ...can they save Earth!?

Fifth grader Michael K. and his human friends Venus and TJ have done a whizbang job of helping advertisement-spewing, oddball aliens Bob, Jennifer and Major Fluffy (their leader and hamster) recruit. The SPHDZ counter falls only a bit short, so Bob and Jennifer decide to ask Santa Claus for the final SPHDZ needed to save the Earth from being turned off. Little do they know, the Santa they're waiting in line to see is none other than Agent Umber of the Anti-Alien Agency! Michael K. & co. avert disaster, and the SPHDZ Counter hits its goal...then starts counting backwards! Evil Aliens are stealing the earthlings' Brainwave (the sum of the collected SPHDZ) for their own nefarious ends! Feeling betrayed, Michael K. gives up. Meanwhile, Mom K. and Dad K.'s secret lives (ZIA Agent and Secret Ad man) are on a collision course. Can Spaceheadz with unlikely allies get Michael K. back on board and save the cosmos? Scieszka and Prigmore deliver the most madcap installment yet in their uber-illustrated series. Surprise villains (foreshadowed in previous volumes)! Surprise interstellar-parking-lot plans! Surprise doughnut upchuck! Nonfiction interludes on networks, group intelligence and symbiosis—not to mention the goofy websites—add to the fun.

Fans will be in heaven, especially at the certainty of further installments. (Humorous science fiction. 7-10)
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Word Count: 21,251
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 148584 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q53884
Lexile: 830L
Guided Reading Level: Q

Two small elves stood in line behind the red ropes outside Dunker’s Donuts on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. This was not as completely crazy as it might sound, because there was also a sign in the Dunker’s Donuts window that read:

The two elves stood in line with the rest of the moms and dads and babies and kids waiting to tell Santa what they really wanted. The two elves wore those green elf outfits you’ve seen in cartoons and movies and cookie commercials.

But the strange thing about these two elves was that one of them wore soccer cleats and the other one wore a SpongeBob SquarePants backpack . . . that was carrying another tiny, hamster-size elf.

“What are you going to ask Santa to bring you, Chelsea?” the mom in front of the elves asked her daughter.

“A pony,” said Chelsea, kicking her little brother.

“Oooooh,” said the SpongeBob-backpack elf. “More flavor! I’m going to add a pony to our list.”

“We are already asking Santa for one hundred more ,” said soccer-cleats elf. “Can he also fit two ponies in his flying-sled delivery system?”

“Eeek squeak squeak eeek,” said hamster elf. “Squeee week wee eek.”

“Great whole-grain jingle bells!” said soccer-cleats elf. “This Santa Claus is super-size and great taste!”

“Eee eee eee eeek?” asked hamster elf.

“Yes,” said backpack elf. “That is a most extra-crunchy idea. I will send a visual image of us to Michael K. and Venus.”

“Ho, ho, ho,” said the suspiciously skinny-looking Santa in the Holidayz HoHoHoles Korner of the Dunker’s Donuts. “I don’t think Santa will be able to get you a real F-18 Hornet fighter jet.”

The little boy in Santa’s lap punched Santa in his red velvet stomach and pulled Santa’s white beard down under his chin. “You are a stupid Santa.”

The backpack elf held a camera out at arm’s length.

“Squeeek,” said the hamster elf.

The elves twisted their faces into something like smiles.

The hamster elf nodded.

The camera took a picture.

“Come on, Jackson,” said the little boy’s mom. “We will go talk to Santa’s manager about this.”

The dad took Jackson’s hand and glared at Santa. “I can’t believe I had to buy a dozen Holidayz HoHoHoles for this. All you had to do was say ‘Okay.’”

“I could look into procurement of the F-18,” said Santa, replacing his beard and fixing his stomach. “But I am pretty sure it is not in line with federal procedure to release these fighter jets to citizens.”

The dad stared at Santa.

“There would also be a lot of paperwork. But maybe the older model F-111 might be available?”

Now both the mom and the dad were staring at Santa.

Santa realized he had almost forgotten to say the required Dunker’s Holiday Saying. He added, “Ho, ho, ho. Dunker’s knows what dunkers love.”

The mom and dad and punching kid stormed over to talk to the manager.

The line and the elves moved three steps closer to Santa.

Hamster elf sent off the picture and text.

“Eeee eee, eee eee.”

“CLINICALLY PROVEN SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ,” added backpack elf. “Michael K. and Venus are going to be sooooo surprised!”

© 2011 Shane Prigmore

Excerpted from Sphdz Book 3! by Jon Scieszka
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The SPHDZ are about to reach their recruitment quota—and that’s when the real story STARTS!

Michael K. and the gang only have 100 SPHDZ left to sign up. But something is about to go horribly wrong that will change EVERYTHING forever. 

What if the 3.14 million and one brainwaves aren’t for saving the world at all? What if Agent Umber finally catches up with the SPHDZ? What if the AAA Chief has a new plan? What if Fluffy can New twists and new turns await readers. And in the end, Michael K. may not know whom he can trust anymore.... The third book in the out-of-this-world series is full of twists and turns—and a bigger mystery is about to be revealed! 

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