The Alien That Ate My Socks by Brandon Dormanby Brandon Dorman

Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by Shadow Mountain

4 Stars

Synopsis: Meet the Hooligan brothers who are fun-loving, go-cart racing, up-for-anything boys, and they are expert pranksters! The school bully, Rock, picks on the boys, tries to out-prank them and especially tries to lay blame for his pranks on them. Enter a purple, blobby, friendly outer space alien. He’s come to Earth to earn badges for his “extraterrestrial space scout” sash. The brothers name him Hoolie and quickly learn about his alien ways:
Hoolie gets smelly when he’s hungry and that’s how the boys know it’s time to feed him. He eats clothes, especially socks. Mom and Dad don’t know what is going on originally, but then later on, when they become more involved in the situation, they figure out why the family socks are disappearing from the Hooligan house.
He has a compartment in his belly, like Mary Poppins’ carpetbag, that can somehow hold an endless supply of neat gizmos and gadgets.
The boys can’t communicate with him at first and rig up an electronic device to help them read Hoolie’s mind.
The Hooligan boys keep Hoolie a secret until he saves a neighborhood girl from a burning building, and the town befriends him. Then a team of mysterious strangers dressed in black who call themselves “Animal Control” arrive, but the Hooligan boys know this can’t be true. The boys must resolve their problem with Rock, help Hoolie earn his merit badges on Earth, and help him find his way home before “Animal Control” captures him!

My Review: “The Alien That Ate My Socks” is the first book in a new series written and illustrated by Brandon Dorman. It is a fun read, that children will love. The Hooligan boys, Hank, Hector and Henry team up to build a race car to defeat “Rock” the school bully. They are typical brothers who tease and make fun of each other in ways that will make the reader chuckle and laugh out loud. When the race does not turn out the way they planned, the story takes off in a totally different direction. When their car is derailed by a purple creature, which turns out to be an alien who they name Hoolie, the adventure turns hilarious. Who would have thought that a whole neighbourhood would stand together to protect what some think is a monster? I love the parents in this book. They are funny, a little unpredictable, expect their boys to behave politely and treat others the way they want to be treated as well as being pretty laid back. I think everyone who reads this book will wish they were their parents.

This is a wonderful read for late primary, early junior readers who love reading humour and about kids who go up against adults and win. The illustrations were well done in black and white pen/ink and really added to the story. I can see this book in school, public and class libraries. I also think it would be a great read aloud to elementary age children. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next in the life of the “Hooligans”.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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