Eeek! The Runaway Alien by Karen Inglis

The cover of Eeek! The Runaway Alien by Karen InglisThis book was recommended to me as ideal for engaging reluctant readers. As I work part-time for Readathon, a charity that encourages children to read for pleasure, I was interested in test-driving it.

As the mother of a girl in a family that’s not interested in football, I may not be the target audience, but this book charmed me from the first page.

It is written from the point of view of Charlie, a sporty boy in the early stages of secondary school, who finds a football-mad alien in his bedroom. As the boy tries to pass off the smoke-blowing green alien as his visiting actor cousin in fancy dress, his wry observations about both the alien and members of his family made me laugh aloud. It’s the type of story that would have bedtime readers pleading for ten minutes more or reading beneath their blankets with a torch, until they reach what is its very satisfying conclusion.

With short chapters, ending on cliffhangers, peppered with enough amusing illlustrations to sugar the pill of chapter books for easily daunted readers, this is just the (football) ticket to get boys reading. I’m sure girls would enjoy it too. This one certainly did – great stuff!

Karen Inglis is receiving great reviews for her other books too – she’s definitely an indie children’s writer to watch.

Eeek has his own website but here’s the link for ordering his book from Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Eeek! The Runaway Alien by Karen Inglis

  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Debbie. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

    Eeek! seems to be going down well as class readers in a number of schools now – a short while back I had an envelope of 30 hand-written letters complete with alien & soccer illustrations from schoolchildren in Leeds. In her cover letter their teacher told me they had voted it for their class reader after she had read out five sample first chapters from different books!

    Another school in Luton contacted me to say they are using Eeek! for Year 3 literacy for the second year in a row – introducing it to 75 school children at a time! I was also asked for 22 copies for a local school’s ‘reluctant readers’ book club’ – so it seems to be ticking all the right boxes!

    I’m sure that with the World Cup coming around in 2014 it will be even more appealing in coming months! (As you will know, there is even an England-Brazil match in there!)

    Best wishes, Karen

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