The Boy Who Cried Alien

The Boy Who Cried Alien This is The Boy Who Cried Wolf like you ve never seen it before with tentacles wigs and a secret code language that kids can decipher Larry the Liar must help these friendly extra terrestrials refue

  • Title: The Boy Who Cried Alien
  • Author: Marilyn Singer Brian Biggs
  • ISBN: 9780786838257
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is The Boy Who Cried Wolf like you ve never seen it before with tentacles, wigs, and a secret code language that kids can decipher Larry the Liar must help these friendly extra terrestrials refuel their ship so they can get back home But will the townspeople believe his intergalactic tale of glory This hilarious reimagining uses meticulously composed verse, alternaThis is The Boy Who Cried Wolf like you ve never seen it before with tentacles, wigs, and a secret code language that kids can decipher Larry the Liar must help these friendly extra terrestrials refuel their ship so they can get back home But will the townspeople believe his intergalactic tale of glory This hilarious reimagining uses meticulously composed verse, alternating points of view, and comic book elements to give the story loads of color, humor and visual interest Veteran children s book author Marilyn Singer teams up with Brian Biggs, the illustrator of Shredder Man, Beastly Rhymes, Brownie and Pearl, and Everything Goes On Land to create the best interstellar tall tale ever.

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    1. A boy who has a problem telling the truth ends up discovering aliens who have landed near his town. The aliens speak in their own language, which is a fairly easy-to-translate rearrangement of English words. For those who, like me, can't translate on their feet, a helpful translation guide is provided at the end of the text. This brightly illustrated book almost works but I found the plot a bit confusing and message a bit muddled. Kids interested in codes or alien stories will enjoy this title.

    2. I hovered between 2 and 3 stars on this one mostly because of the word play which both is the highlight of the book and the issue. The alien speech isn't conducive to reading aloud and the "translation" which comes at the end of the book makes it better for an individual reader to sit and puzzle over. But also the reading level needed is definitely a better or older reader who may not gravitate to picture books. I'm going to test this on my grandsons and see what they think.

    3. Along with a cute reworking of a familiar story, I like Singer's discussion regarding the translation of poetry.

    4. The Boy Who Cried Alien, with words by Marilyn Singer and artwork by Brian Biggs, is a comic book style puzzler. It's full of fun new vocabulary (malarkey, prevaricate), rhymes, and rhythm. The aliens speak a different language. It's pretty easy to figure out what they're saying, but if you're having trouble, there's a key in the back of the book. There are also a few words that don't translate exactly, so don't get too hung up if you can't figure out a word (zon). The illustrations are rendered [...]

    5. Mom's review: A twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, but missing the morality lesson. Sure, for a few pages some people don't believe the boy, but a few pages later some people suddenly believe him with no apparent reason for changing their minds. There are no consequences for being regarded as a liar in the beginning. By the end of the book the boy is heralded a hero and opens a school for liars, which sort of undermines the message of the original story that being trustworthy is an important chara [...]

    6. As in the case of the boy who cried wolf, Larry the Liar has credibility issues, causing no one to believe him when he tells what seems to others to be an outlandish story about two aliens. The story is told in rhyming verse and is filled with alien lingo that is translated at the back of the book. Readers will laugh as they realize that one of the aliens has issues with truth-telling as well and that liars are respected on their planet. It's neat that Bessie, a Holstein, is able to provide the [...]

    7. This rhyming retelling of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf " lacks the moral of the original. It is rare in such a long rhyming picture book for the rhymes to seem natural. The language will challenge some younger children, a good thing. The inclusion of the code-speaking aliens makes a first read and read-aloud somewhat difficult. The "Note on Translation" gives the key to the code and could lead to students wanting to develop their own codes for other alien encounters. I wonder if young scientists will [...]

    8. The book is set up on the page similarly to a comic book. The 5 year old I read with liked the parts where the aliens spoke because I'd turn to her and she made up her own pretend language for them to be saying. I think a lot of the vocabulary went over her head, but she got the general idea. I enjoyed finding words like "prevaricating" and "malarkey" in a book for children, though the combination of big unfamiliar words and everything being in rhyme made the story feel a bit disjointed and hard [...]

    9. The concept of this book is pretty cool and the story is fun, but I find it difficult to read out loud. Most of the story in this book is rhyming dialogue, but there is also narration sprinkled through. There is garbled alien talk that's really jumbled English words that are revealed at the end. And it's kind of long. I think slightly older kids than mine would enjoy this more, maybe if they're starting to read a little themselves, and like the idea of essentially words written in code.

    10. I can see how this book may get mixed reviews, but I loved it. I read it to my son (who's only 7 weeks old, so does not yet have an opinion), but my husband and I were cracking up as we read. It's a spin on the boy who cried wolf, but with aliens The alien language is really fun to read, and the book is written in a combination of rhymes, like sing-song-ey poetry and the simple story line in text boxes on the top.

    11. There's no shortage of talent here. The verses and illustrations are great. The long-form rhyming picture book is not my favorite style (with a fex exceptions) and as far as fibbers go, I'd still put my money on Edward Fudwupper. That said, I'm sure some young ones will find this endlessly entertaining. I can image requests to be read-aloud often. The panel style art will also garner fans. Summary: A talented team, but not my cup of tea.

    12. This book was super cute! I liked the layout of the book and the illustrations, but what I loved most was the great vocabulary and the alien "language" that had translation notes at the end (it was just English words spelled backwards, and I noticed it right away). I loved it! Clever, cute, and silly!

    13. Boy who cried alien. The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marilyn Singer, pictures by Brian Biggs - If you need a book that explores different forms of word choice and introduces words in code, this is the book for you! It is a spin-off of the traditional story of the boy who cried wolf but with a humorous alien twist.

    14. A rhyming text and colorful illustrations make this a fun read for an individual reader. The translator at the end helps to add to the enjoyment for some readers. Singer is imaginative in her writing, as shown in Mirror, Mirror from last year's Bluebonnet list. I think higher leveled readers will enjoy figuring out the code in this book!

    15. I appear to be in the minority on this one - but I really liked it! Maybe it is because of my target audience. My students adore word play and challenging vocabulary. I can absolutely see using this for a variety of purposes in my classroom / groups.

    16. Grades 3-6. Younger students may enjoy if read to-- but this would be a difficult read-aloud for a class. Great vocabulary and rhyming! The art is superb. Not quite a variation of wolf cried boy. There's a lot going on here and it's hard to follow at times.

    17. In this version of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," a cumpulsive liar discovers that storytelling is an art and has its place in society. And one can amuse oneself by trying to figure out alien speech.Library copy.

    18. An interesting idea for a story, though execution is a bit lengthy. A lot of text, so not for younger readers. I would recommend it as a read-aloud for second or third grade classrooms. Older kids might enjoy trying to decipher the aliens' language.

    19. cute. It could be a source book for trying new ways of made up language. This also is obviously a remade fairy tale. It has a bit of a silent film feel to it.

    20. It's very fun to read the alien speech- plus, you can work with older listeners to decode their sentences.

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