Aliens for breakfast

Author Spinner, Stephanie.
Language English
New York: Random House, 1988


Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class.

Subjects :

  • Friendship
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Bickerstaff, Richard (Fictitious character)
  • tld

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner Texas

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award; Nominee Minnesota

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Reading Measurement Programs:

0394920937, 9780394920931, 0394820932, 9780394820934
Random House (New York:) 1988.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader Points 1

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 420
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Accelerated Reader Points 3

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Reviews :

Lanette (BookHive (
Richard sits down to breakfast, a bowl of cereal, and right before his very eyes a little alien pops to the surface of his milk. The alien, Aric, explains that he has come to get rid of another alien called a Drane. This drane can disguise himself in human form. It so happens that the new kid in Richard's class looks like the drane. In fact, the new kid in Richard's class is the drane!! Find out how Richard and his new friend Aric fight off the bad alien. This beginning chapter book contains some pencil drawings. Category: Adventure; Beg. Chapter Books; Science Fiction. Grade Level: Primary (K-3rd grade). 1988, Random Library. Ages 5 to 9.
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
This short, eight-chapter novel has a zany premise loaded with reader appeal but, disappointingly, never takes off. Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thinga tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. One of them has already taken up residence; it is, in fact, Dorf, the eerily cool, instantly popular new boy in Richard's class. Richard must destroy Dorf before it is too late, but Aric has forgotten the correct method for doing that. Richard and Aric's efforts are tame and uninspired, the turns of plot seem random rather than carefully thought out, and the eventual solution (feeding Dorf large quantities of red pepper, which causes him to explode) requires little ingenuity or initiative on Richard's part. Loose, rather quirky pen-and-ink illustrations are a dashing addition to what is otherwise easily forgotten fare. Ages 7-9. (Nov.)
(PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Random House, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
62 p.:
PZ7.E854 (Fic)
"A Stepping Stone book."

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