Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet

The Adventures of Commander Zack Proton and the Wrong Planet
Written by Brian Anderson
Illustrated by Doug Holgate
Simon & Schuster
ISBN 978-1-4169-1366-5

Leapin' Leptons! Commander Zack Proton is back in a third installment of this illustrated chapter book series featuring a bumbling Inspector Clouseau-type space hero and his brainy primate sidekick, Omega Chimp. Interspersed with comic strips, top-ten lists, quizzes, instructional manuals, and tips for young space heroes, these easy-to-read books provide a smorgasbord of slapstick humor with a side of banana peels.

In book three, Commander Zack, Omega Chimp, and their FE-203 robot, "Effie," are detained on their mission to find
Zack's missing spaceship, the Risky Rascal, by a disappearing planet, 16 million smelly pigs, and a bad drycleaning incident. But not to worry! In a classic comedy of errors, our space heroes once again save the day and restore peace to the galaxy in a wacky, freshly-scented finale. Introduce this series to your favorite comic book-loving 7 to 10 year-olds, then point them to the "Fun Stuff" at, including printable coloring pages, a Zack proton ad-lib story, and an alien transmission for fans to decode.

1 comment:

Gsmith said...

I had the pleasure of hosting an author visit in my elementary library with Brian Anderson, and the kids loved it! A lot of them compared these books to the Captain Underpants series, and while the teachers groaned, the kids laughed out loud. Anderson definitely writes with his audience in mind, and he gave a good talk about how he comes up with his stories, as well as what the life of a normal (i.e. not wealthy) children's author is like. Lots of fun!