The Children's Book Compass

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

Posted on: November 17, 2011

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara.  Illustrated by Mark Fearing.  (2011).  Pages not numbered.  Schwartz & Wade Books.  Grades K-3.  Picture Book.

McNamara has whipped up a spicy brew in a retelling of the Three Little Pigs.  Her story is recast in space with the pigs replaced with three Little Aliens and the Wolf’s role taken by a big, bad robot.    When their mama tells them, “It’s time for you to go out into the universe and find a planet of your own,” the Little Aliens make predictable choices emulating their piggy predecessors.  The dialogue is clever and fun with inventive words.   When the Robot is ready to attack one of the Little Alien’s in his satellite house, he calls:   “Little alien! Little alien!” . . . “COME OUT OF HIDING!”  The Little Alien cries,  “Not by the orbit of this ring I’m riding.”    “Then I will shatter and clatter and scatter your house down!”  groinked the Robot. “   Fearing paints a back drop of starry skies and glowing planets as the aliens jet from planet to planet.    Children may enjoy acting out this story.

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