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The Resource Blast off!, by Nate Ball ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Blast off!, by Nate Ball ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Label
Blast off!
Title
Blast off!
Statement of responsibility
by Nate Ball ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Fourth-grader Zack McGee's life is turned upside-down when Amp, a tiny alien, crash-lands in his bedroom, then causes trouble at school while trying to get parts to repair his spaceship
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Review
  • (The following is a combined review for Blast Off! and The Science UnFair) Gr 2 – 5 — Another normal school year is about to start for fourth grader Zack McGee until a small blue alien crash lands in his bedroom. In Blast Off! , Amp the alien stows away in Zack's backpack and joins him at school while Zack tries to figure out a way to repair Amp's ship. This proves most difficult for Zack who, unlike his overachieving scientist family, would rather spend time on the baseball diamond. His neighbor and best friend, Olivia, helps explain the science behind the story. The chapters are short and delightful pencil drawings accompany the text. Ball integrates real science in a refreshing way. In the second installment, The Science UnFair , Zack faces failing science if he does not get an A on his science project. He must also prevent Amp's identity from being exposed. When the day of the science fair comes, Zack's experiment works almost a little too well and all but destroys the science fair finals. The first book includes step-by-step instructions for creating a bottle rocket, while the second book offer instructions for constructing electromagnets. The science is aligned to the Common Core standards as well. Both titles will likely have appeal to even the most reluctant reader.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX --Wayne R. Cherry (Reviewed February 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 2, p81)
  • Ball, host of PBS's Design Squad Nation, proves that his know-how extends beyond science and engineering in this playful first book in the Alien in My Pocket series. After a spaceship crashes in Zack's bedroom, Amp, a tiny blue alien, emerges and announces that his planet plans to invade Earth. Amp is horrified at how large earthlings are ("This is an intergalactic snafu of epic proportions!"), and he asks Zack to help fix his spaceship so he can return home to call off the attack. Stowing away in Zack's backpack, the alien creates a stir at school as he demonstrates his power to alter people's behavior and upends the science lab while searching for materials to fix his ship. Ball slyly slips science into the plot, which culminates in the kids building a bottle rocket to launch Amp's spacecraft (bottle rocket instructions are included). With its screwball comedy and lively dialogue, the novel gives readers the opportunity to laugh as they learn. The Science Unfair pubs simultaneously. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 6–10. Author's agent: Linda Loewenthal, David Black Agency. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 16, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 50, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10248155
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ball, Nate
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
690L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Pamintuan, Macky
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Alien in my pocket
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Friendship
  • Schools
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Friendship
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Blast off!, by Nate Ball ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
997585
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
143 pages, 6 pages
Isbn
9780062314918
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013003165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062314918
Label
Blast off!, by Nate Ball ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
997585
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
143 pages, 6 pages
Isbn
9780062314918
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2013003165
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780062314918

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