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Lunchbox and the Aliens

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  54 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Lunchbox felt odd. He wondered how he had known how to open the place where all the yummy stuff was kept. He wondered why he seemed to know so much about these strange animals he was with. He wondered how he knew he was wondering.

Lunchbox is your average basset hound: round, floppy, and not too bright . . . until he’s abducted by aliens. Then he suddenly becomes a lean, me...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Square Fish (first published September 19th 2006)
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Kate Hastings
I was really hoping this would be a funny sci-fi for boys--a dog that is captured by aliens to help them build a food-making machine out of garbage.

Meanwhile there is a subplot about corrupt government officials and garbage contracts. The aliens use too many alien-words that bog down the flow of the writing.

I just couldn't finish it. Too many better things sitting on my shelf.
Chris Murray
This is cute sci-fi for younger kids. Grade 3-6–Lunchbox is a lovable basset hound, Nate is his boy, and Frazz and Grunfloz are two not-so-bright aliens on a mission to find their food, called froonga. On their travels, they discover that Earth is full of the raw material to make the snack: garbage. The aliens abduct the pup and subject him to their mental-enhancement helmet, enabling him to find garbage and convert it to froonga once he is back home. In their race to create a froonga machine an...more
Lunch Box is a not to bright Basset Hound who is taken along with Nate his owner by aliens. The aliens discover that earth is filled with garbage that can be turned into food known as Froonga. Lunch box’s mental abilities are enhanced using the alien’s mental enhancement machine. Lunch box is able to find garbage and turn it into froogna.

Although this is a book geared for 3rd and 4th grade readers it provides a humorous introduction to sci-fi literature. The underlying theme of this book is th...more
Miss Carman
Aliens come to Earth and for fun they bring a dog named Lunchbox to their spaceship and accidentally use a machine to make him smart. Their food, froonga, makes him strong. They send him back to Earth where he tries to build a machine to turn garbage into froonga.

I didn't really like this book as much as I thought I would, but that's just my own opinion. I thought that adding in too many alien words was a bit of a drag on the writing and I couldn't really get very interested in the story. Not a...more
Sara Truog
Sci-fi about a dog that is kidnapped by aliens, then force-fed information so that he becomes smarter. When he returns to Earth, he enlists his owner's assistance to build a machine to convert garbage into froonga (a food that aliens and dogs both find very delicious), saving the aliens and his owner's family in the process. Subtle commentary about our wasteful nature as a species... think Wall-E with a dog instead of a robot. Didn't adore this one, but it wasn't bad. I'm going to use it for my...more
This book was part of Battle of the Books: 2010-2011. I didn't enjoy reading this book as much as some other books in Battle of the Books, because it was a Sci-Fi. I'm not the kind of person who likes reading those books. However, I did read it to the end and didn't quit because I am not a quitter! I only did two stars because it says under it when you scroll over, "it was ok". That's exactly how I feel about this book!
I was debating on this book and thought of it as, before even reading it, an iffy. So I gave it a shot, and it's really pointless and cheesy, so much that I couldn't even endure the first chapter! I actually got this book when I was younger and tried it a few weeks ago. My opinions on these sort of books have definitely changed!!!!
Funny, but I don't think it will hold the interest of the child I intended it for until he is a bit older. It is a bit more sophisticated than the back cover and the SLJ review led me to believe. Still, the premise is funny enough, and may appeal to boys who like dogs and aliens.
Poor Lunchbox, he's just taking a nap before dinnertime when aliens decide to beam him up to their ship. How in the world will things get back to normal? Can they ever be normal again?

I think this would make an amusing read-aloud, a couple of chapters at a time.
A cute and funny story about aliens and dogs working together
I won this book as a read-a-thon most minuets reader from my school!
Kristina Leonard
Read with my 9-year-old. Pretty darn cute..
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Bryan W. Fields was born in Missouri and has lived in Japan, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Florida, Mississippi, and currently resides with his wife and kids in Denton, Texas. Visit his website at
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