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MapHead (MapHead #1)

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Twelve-year-old MapHead, a boy with strange powers from an alternative world, travels to England in search of his human mother.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 5th 1996 by Candlewick (first published October 3rd 1994)
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Tahmin Nessa
MapHead, (I guess the title says it all), is a story about an alien called Booth (MapHead) who can show a map of any place across his head. This story centers around two aliens, a father (Powers) and a son (Booth) who comes to Earth in search for Booth’s Earthling mother.

When Booth and his father arrive on Earth they live on a tomato and often find the modern society quite bewildering as he struggles to understand rhymes and idioms used by the humans.

As the story proceeds Booth finds out that...more
Beth Bonini
Here's the deal: two aliens, father and son, come down to Earth (normal English town) to find the boy's mother. When a young woman is hit by lightning, the gold suit wearing alien saves her -- and obviously some sort of intimate relationship ensues. After travelling the Universe a bit, the Earthling mother wants to return home; after that request is granted, her memory is wiped. This is all explained later, but what we start out with is the two aliens hanging out in a tomato grower's greenhouse....more
Want to come closer to understanding how it feels to be truly alien? Track down this novel (or its sequels--I think there are two or three), about a resident of the "subtle world," of which our mundane one is but a part, who subsists (OK, not all the time, but once is enough) on a diet of salad dressing and liquified cat.
A good read. Funny and thought provoking at times. I'd have liked it to be a tad more complex, but it is a children's book after all.

I'd definitely recommend it. :)
Nicholas Wong
It was OK, but it was actually kinda hard to start off. All in all, it was a good book, and I enjoyed it.
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