Grades 2 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 8.3
Lexile® Measure: 980L
Guided Reading: R
- Comedy and Humor
- Comic Books and Graphic Novels
- Elementary School
- Aliens and UFOs
About This Book
Julian Rodriguez is on a mission for the Mothership.
He's been sent to Earth to study human lifeforms and their bizarre habits — from their disgusting diet (orange sticks called "carrots," flavorless liquid called "water," and the revolting substance known as "veggie dogs") to their repressive treatment of their young (forcing them to carry out menial tasks known as "chores," withholding access to the great cultural masterpieces called "cartoons").
When Julian's Maternal Unit assigns a hideous task, it's nearly too much for the hardened space veteran to bear — but he finds his courage at last.
Illustrated with black, white, and orange pen-and-ink drawings.
Praise for Trash Crisis on Earth!
"First in what readers will hope will be a robust series, this hybrid of fiction and graphic novel dusts off a favorite conceit with a slick swipe of edgy visuals and tart commentary... It’s impossible to read this without laughing." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The cartoon-like illustrations give the book the look of an edgy graphic novel, and the lightning bolt on Julian's green shirt gives the protagonist a superhero vibe. The story should appeal to young readers who like Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid but aren't yet ready for a longer novel." — School Library Journal