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They Came from Planet Zabalooloo! by Sean Taylor

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 32 Pages.

Published: 03 August 2017 by Walker Books

ISBN: 1406374342

EAN: 9781406374346

We are friends on epic adventure to Planet Earth! We got space ship! YEAHHH! Look - it's got steering wheel, space biscuits and party area. OOH LA LA! From the author of Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise and the team behind Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh! comes a wildly inventive, contemporary picture book comedy about aliens. Boron, Bazoo and Zob are three extra-terrestrials on a mission. They're going to take something brilliant from Earth and bring it back to their home planet, Zabalooloo. Something like enormous elephant! But this goofy, giddy trio are simply too overexcited - they're never going to catch anything if they keep wiggle-woggle dancing, taking selfies and shouting, "Ooh la la!".


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Poor English

Three aliens in a spaceship come to earth to get a "big-sized" thing to

take back with them. They are rather strange aliens who seem to dance,

take pictures and say "ooh la la".

I actually found this book quite

difficult to read. The whole book is narrated by one of the aliens in a

style of poor english - "We got spaceship", "This is the chance". As a

parent who spent a lot of time ensuring my child spoke in proper

sentences and not a sort of pidgin/baby talk style I found this book

rather frustrating. I don't think that I will be alone in this. I could

have handled it better if the narration was in good english with the

alien phrases in a different style but the whole book like this was just

not acceptable to me.

I feel that it is unfortunate that the english

is so poor. The actual book is rather nice with bright colourful

pictures. The words are written in standard text, capitals to stress

words such as when the speaker is shouting and speech bubbles. This

breaks the text up making it more interesting. The story itself is quite

reasonable. It seems a little silly to my adult eyes but it is just the

sort of story to appeal to toddlers. They love silly stories which make

them laugh.

This isn't a book that I would choose to buy for any child because of the style of language in it.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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