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Dethbert Jones is your average ten-year-old only he lives on the planet Crank with his pet chicken-snail and his robot best friend Andi Social. When he and Andi join the Space Cadets, a Scouts-like organization, they are totally smooshed at the prospect of going to Space Camp where theyll learn to pilot a real shuttlecraft and disintegrate weapons of mass destruction. ...more
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Published December 3rd 2018 by Common Deer Press
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Jane
Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent is a quirky little epistolary story for young middle grade readers. We follow the story through letters written from Dethbert Jones, an alien who has set up a penpal relationship with a kid on Earth. Dethbert relates his day-to-day life on a planet that is eerily similar (but not quite the same) as Earth.

For me this was a little too pun-heavy, but I think a lot of new readers would really enjoy the play on words and utter silliness of the story. I would
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Alexa
Dear Earthling was an adorable middle-grade sci-fi story with fun illustrations. It's about a kid who is a Space Cadet, which is basically a Boy's Scout in space. The chapters are all fairly short, as they are letters the main character writes to his human penpal.

The planet where Dethbert lives, Crank, is sort of like Earth in a parallel universe. Most of their things have names that are horrible puns on Earth names, like "bored games", "Duesday", "When?sday" and so forth. I admit that the puns
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Darby Karchut
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An out of this solar system of an adventure? Check. One hysterical side kick whos basically a Swiss Army knife with phobias and insecurities? Check. A main character who tells the story with a perfectly delivered deadpan humor? Check. Quirky, clever world building? Check.

HELLO EARTHLING is a delight from start to finish. I loved it. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a light-hearted, feel-good romp through space camp.

I received this ARC via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an
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Rajiv
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A special thanks to Netgalley for giving me an advanced copy of this book to read and review. Even though I read it initially, due to personal reasons, I couldnt review it prior to the publication. So here it is now 🙂

At times, it is just fun to pick up a silly book and read it and have a good laugh, and Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent does exactly that. This book was quirky and entertaining to read. The story is fun and breezy and would mainly entertain younger readers.

There are several
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Arin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute little epistolary story about an alien, Dethbert Jones, writing to his new pen pal, an earthling, about his adventures in Space Cadets and his normal everyday life. As a former girl scout, current girl scout volunteer, and sister to a boy scout, I have a lot of appreciation for scouting groups in general, so I really liked seeing a new take on scouts from a different planet. Through Dethbert's letters, we learn a little bit about the planet he lives on: how the animals on his ...more
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent
Author: Pen Avey
Genre: MG/Sci-Fi
Rating: ****
Review: All I knew about Dear Earthling beforehand is it is about an alien boy writing to a boy on Earth about many different things but there might be more to it than that. We are introduced to Dethbert Jones who lives on the planet Crank, who has joined the Space Cadets which is like Scouts and in order to earn his Cosmic Correspondent badge he needs to find a pen pal from another planet. I was a
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Chazzi
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour, juvenile
Received this from Early Reviewer. It looked interesting and fun. I was not disappointed.

The book is a collection of letters written by Dethbert Jones written to his pen pal 'Earthling'. Dethbert is a new member of a club called the Pudding Squadron of Crank Space Cadets, which is similar to Earth's Boy Scouts. They earn badges for various things, and one of them is for being a "Cosmic Correspondent". To earn that he has to write letters to an alien on another planet.

The letters tell about
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Benjamin Espen
I received this book for free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.

Pen Avey's Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent missed the mark for me. I suppose it had to happen eventually. I've been getting a lot of great review books for kids, but you can't like everything.

Partly, this book is just aimed at older kids than mine. Ages 8-11 says the included bookmark. My wife said this is the kind of book a ten-year old would probably like reading, so that checks out. Unfortunately for me, my oldest
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Jackie
Dethbert Jones, a alien (to us Earthlings, that is) lives on the planet Crank. Hes joined Space Cadets (sort of like our Boy Scouts) and in order to earn a badge, he must find and write to a pen pal on another planet.

So begins his letters in correspondence to a typical Earthling. His letters are full of humor, wacky happenings, and plays-on-words. Typically, as most young people do, he gets himself into a far amount of tricky situations and always asks his pen pal if he does, too. Read along
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Aoife
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a2, a3e, common-deer, usa, 2018
A cute, funny story about an alien finding a penpal on Earth, and discovering all the ways they're the same. It's a funny story and I like the illustrations and jokes. This will be a good seller, if only for the chicksnail-hedge-podges!


Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.


Dear Earthling,
I was interested to read in your last letter about the selfdefence class you go to on Earth called "karate". It sounds very different than the self-defence that Murder Evans taught us at Space
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Cibele Baron
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Earthling is a middle grade book full of fun stories and a epic space story.

We follow Derthbert Jones as he exchanges letters with a "earthling" so he can win a badge from his scout group. He lives in Crank, a planet much like Earth but who's more pacific, so much more they don't even have police anymore! And using a matching machine he found the 'earthling' much like him so they could have a nice exchange of letters.

While we only read the letters Derberth sends, it's a very amusing story
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Kirstin (gryffindorkreader)
I received an ARC of Dear Earthling in exchange for my honest review. So a big thank-you to @netgalley and to @commondeerpress for the early read.

I originally requested this, thinking it was a comic style graphic novel. It turns out it was actually a middle grade novel/chapter book, with some illustrations. But I was not disappointed! Overall, my review is: Cute!!! The art was adorable and the puns had me giggling all the way through. This is a collection of letters written between two alien
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Allyson Aritcheta
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crankian Dethbert Jones has recently joined the Space Cadets and is looking forward to finding a pen pal from another planet so that he can earn his Cosmic Correspondent badge. When an alien from Earth responds, Dethbert learns more than he could ever imagine about his new friend and himself.

Dethberts experiences with jealousy, puberty, crushes, crustard (which I need in my life), and sibling quarrels on Crank, although sometimes surreal, are reminiscent of the ups and downs of childhood. This
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Savannah
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
This is a book about a 10 year old Crankian boy named Dethbert Jones. He has just joined the Space Cadets on his home planet, Crank, which is very similar to our Boy Scouts. The story follows Dethbert as he writes to an Earthling in order to earn the Cosmic Correspondance badge. It is told through letters that Dethbert is sending to his pen pal.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a very quick and humorous read. I thought the little drawings in it were a very nice addition. I would recommend this
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heysunny
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very funny, lighthearted story with tons of hilarious puns. I loved the parallels between Earth and Space, the book was filled with creative ideas. Though I think that the people inhabiting Crank look absolutely ridiculous. :D But I get that was kind of the point, too. I loved the silly ideas like some of the species, it's definitely a book I'd give to my future children to read, too bad it will probably never be translated into my native language.
January Gray
This book was okay. I do think however, that some kids would really enjoy it.


Thank you NetGalley
Vivek
rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2018
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Book Review
Title: Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent
Author: Pen Avey
Genre: MG/Sci-Fi
Rating: ****
Review: All I knew about Dear Earthling beforehand is it is about an alien boy writing to a boy on Earth about many different things but there might be more to it than that. We are introduced to Dethbert Jones who lives on the planet Crank, who has joined the Space Cadets which is like Scouts and in order to earn his Cosmic Correspondent badge he needs to find a pen pal from another planet. I was a
...more
J.D. DeHart
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, funny, and hilariously written, this book makes use of science fiction tropes in an entertaining epistolary format. It's unlike most of what I've read in this genre, and I recommend Dear Earthling for anyone looking for a delightful take on sci-fi and comedy.

I'm really glad I read this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
Lindsey
rated it really liked it
Jul 11, 2018
Book Snuggery
I very much wanted to like this book 100%, the idea of an alien species relishing the art of snail mail and intergalactic correspondence is darling.

The book tries very hard and big kudos for that but a lot of it just fell a little flat. I understand it's illustrating how things are both the same and different between different kinds of peoples but maybe a little more description on some items or changing up the days of the week by more than one or two letters would have made it all feel more
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