As easy as A, B, C . . . from HA
Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn, by Greg Leitich Smith and illustrated by Andrew Arnold (no relation), is fun! But you’re not looking for a one word review, so I’ll try to be a little wordier, but not too much. (And I have to remember to watch for spoilers… of which there could be many if I’m not careful.)
The opening scene sums up the tone of the rest of the story:
“Like most of humanity that morning, I wasn’t thinking at all about aliens from outer space.”
“I was thinking about garbage.”
Garbage, frozen pigs, a beach front motel, Cape Canaveral, aliens, permanent residents, news people, alien hunters, a UFO, aliens, a new space shuttle, power outages, aliens, a genius girl, a best friend with a high- tech prosthetic leg and a mysterious old lady. Did I mention aliens?
What I found particularly entertaining was that the little green men aren’t green… oh, wait… maybe I should skip that part. In all honesty, they are green, but only in Andrew’s illustrations, which are awesome.
The characters are well- rounded, full of paranoia and angst, and funny. That’s what really makes the book a great read: it’s funny and fun.
Plot twists abound, most of the characters aren’t what they seem. Clue: they’re not all aliens… but, then, they’re not all earthlings, either. Maybe. Or maybe not.
How’s that for not giving anything away?
Little Green Men is a YA book, but it can be read by any age group, honest! Fun knows no age.
You can get a copy right now at The King’s English here in SLC along with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For my friends in AL, it’s also carried at Books-a-Million. Get it, read it, and have a good laugh or several.
When Greg isn’t delving into UFOs and little green men, his favorite subjects are dinosaurs and time travel: Chronal Engine is another fun romp.
Remember: you’re never too old for fun!
See you next time for Tips on Tuesday