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SPHDZ Book #1! (Spaceheadz #1)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  865 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn’t hard enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren’t kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens, who have invaded our planet disguised as school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,400,001 kids to BE SPHDZ in order to save the w ...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 18th 2010)
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Another madcap romp from Jon Scieszka. On his first day of school at PS 858, Brooklyn, Michael K. is teamed up with two partners, Bob and Jennifer...well, three--if you count Fluffy, the hamster. While the rest of the class deems the threesome as either foreign (Bulgarian), "weirdos" or "slow" students, Michael K. learns that they are SPHDZ aliens, the majority of whose vocabulary stems from old tv commercials. Michael K. is impatient with their foreign ways and wants to detach himself from them ...more
Abby Johnson
What the... what?

I was so excited about this book, but now I'm just... confused. Michael K, new kid in school, gets stuck sitting with two very weird also-new kids in his fifth grade class. They keep telling him they're aliens (Spaceheadz, actually) and that they have to get 3.14 million people to become SPHDZ or the Earth will be turned off. Their only knowledge of the Earth is from commercials and television, so that's their frame of reference.

I can get on board with the wacky. That's not my
Zoe Lampman
Spaceheadz, Book #1, by Jon Scieszka, is a creative and funny science fiction chapter book. It is about fifth-grader, Michael K.'s first day at a new school. He is seated next to and placed into groups with two other new students, Jennifer and Bob, who are very strange. They do not seem to know anything about typical American school or expected behavior and they speak almost exclusively in commercial slogans or sayings, such as McDonald's "I'm Lovin' It." They even sound just like the commercial ...more
I realise this book is meant for kids but it really is ridiculous! I'm not sure I fully understood all that was going on. It was fast paced which was good and the illustrations work with the text well but generally the font and layout made it difficult/unpleasant to read.
I think that many children (especially boys who may not enjoy reading) will like this silly, quirky story of three aliens that attempt to assimilate into a 5th grade class. I hated that the book so clearly launches a franchise including websites and sequels, though.
Kristin Rosenberg
Michael K. has just entered fifth grade at his new school and he's trying so hard to convince himself that the day can't get any weirder. First he's stuck with a couple of serious oddballs, and then they try to convince him that they are aliens. It becomes even weirder, however, when he realizes they are serious, and that he might be the only person who can now save the world.

Come on, it's Jon Scieszka. You know it's going to be crazy. You know it's going to be ridiculous. And you know that it'
Michele Knott
SPHDZ are here and they need YOU! Three aliens have come to Earth looking for Michael K., who they believe can help them save Earth. The three aliens come disguised as 2 school children and the class hamster, Major Fluffy. Their knowledge of the planet Earth comes from their viewing of TV commercials. Spouting off different advertisements is pretty comical. Major Fluffy provides some nice entertainment throughout the story. Kids will laugh at the humor and really enjoy this series because of it. ...more
Mary Lee
Fun in a crazy, wacky, random way that some readers will love and others will not get at all.
It may be that the authors of "Spaceheadz" are trying a clever tack in their text, by trying to incorporate a multitude of buzzwords, catchphrases, and jingles into their story so as to be attractive to our current generation of kids (presumably drunk on television).
It may be that the pleasant scientific descriptions at the end of each chapter in this book are meant to sneak some education into the well-watered-down entertainment of these kids.

For those possibilities, and the off chance that I'
Debra Lowman
On his first day of school at PS 858, in Brooklyn, Michael is seated next to Bob and Jennifer. There is something different about Bob and Jennifer. It's not that they are foreign (Bulgarian), weird or specialized ed students like the rest of his class seems to think, it is, in fact, that they are aliens. You can find about every major label jingle in their vocabulary as they learned English from TV.

What ensues in Michael's struggle to either rid himself of the aliens via Agent Umber, who desper
Any book that name-checks the nastiest old old-man dive bar in Park Slope automatically gains my respect. I was happily muddling through this latest goof-fest from Former Ambassador Scieszka, when the Beset Protagonist and his friendly alien antagonists walked past a building with a sign on it that read "Jackie's 5th Amendment." Jackie's 5th Amendment? Dude. I knew the kids were in Brooklyn, and I even knew they were in Park Slope, but they were on 5th Avenue just down from the Chip Shop? I was ...more
By Jon Scieszka
Grades 3+

Could Michael K.’s first day of fifth grade at a new school be any worse?
Apparently, yes it can.

Michael K. is seated next to other new kids who are very odd. The girl eats pencils and the boy talks to the class hamster. Both children speak in commercial tag lines and claim that Michael K. is the key to keeping Earth from “turning off”. All he has to do is get three point one four million and one earthlings to be Spaceheadz so the new kids can go home and feed
Madigan McGillicuddy
Hurrah! Scieszka and Company are in rare form, with this humorous science-fiction middle-grade adventure. Fifth-grader Michael K. gets stuck with the task of showing two new kids, Bob and Jennifer, the ropes in Mrs. Halley's classroom. He quickly realizes that they are both out-of-this world... literally, from another planet. The only information that Jennifer, Bob and their hamster leader, Major Fluffy, have about planet Earth is from television commercials, beamed into space. Media-savvy reade ...more
Sarah BT
the Book:
The perfect combination of the age old experience of holding and pouring
over a physical book with newest media technology that kids love!

Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard
enough, the kids he seems to have made friends with apparently aren't kids
at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form
of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to
convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ. But with a hamster as
Ronald Roseborough
Fifth grade was never this bad, was it? First day in a new school and the two kids sitting next to Michael K. are either the weirdest kids ever or they are space aliens. (Well they must be from outer space because Dillard Picklebury from my fourth grade class was the weirdest kid ever. But I digress.) Bob and Jennifer let Michael know right away, that they are spaceheadz from another planet. Michael wishes he was on another planet or at least not assigned to sit next to these two loonies. Despit ...more
(From Michael K. just started fifth grade at a new school. As if that wasn't hard enough, the kids who want to be friends with him apparently aren't kids at all. They are aliens. Real aliens who have invaded our planet in the form of school children and a hamster. They have a mission to complete: to convince 3,140,001 kids to BE SPHDZ so that the Earth will not be “turned off” thus depriving the interstellar civilizations of our tasty TV and radio waves containing commercials,
This was a quirky, goofy story tailored to young children, especially boys. The cover grabs your attention with it's bright colors, whimsical text and clever illustrations that are also carried throughout the book. The artwork was not finalized in the ARC so there are even more illustrations in the finished edition.

Michael K. is the new kid, a sympathetic character who's having a rough first day at school. Add in the other new kids and the class hamster, who just happen to be aliens, and it can'
Sarah W
Michael K.'s first day of fifth grade is off to a horrible start. At his new school he's already been grouped with two of the strangest children, who are also new. There's something very not right about Bob and Jennifer, and that's with ignoring that Jennifer ate half of his pencil. They don't know why people raise their hands or why there are lines to go to recess. What they say makes no sense, especially when they say the class hamster is their mission leader. Bob and Jennifer claim to be alie ...more
Which came first? The book that is in turn promoted by the website? or was the book written to promote the website? Advertising’s claims (such as Charmin is “ultra strong,” thus making it a good material for construction) have lured aliens to Earth. They plan to take over the planet and masquerade as school students in order to do so. When Michael meets his new classmates, he comes to realize that they learned all their English from television jingles.

Michael debates turning the imposters in an
Eva Mitnick
Michael K. is a regular sort of 5th grader, but Jennifer (square head, wears a tutu, spouts Wrestlemania slogans, eats pencils and other inappropriate items) and Bob (square head, wears a pink shirt, spouts advertising slogans, hugs fire hydrants and other inappropriate objects) are space aliens. Oh, and so is Fluffy, who looks like a hamster but doesn't act like one.

The plot, such as it is, involves Jennifer, Bob, and Fluffy trying to enlist Michael K.'s help to unite all humans into one big SP
Harold Ogle
An easy chapter book for older children (the protagonist is in 5th grade), Spaceheadz is fun in large part because it's so...meta. The conceit of the book is that aliens who've been watching TV for decades have come to Earth to take over, and they spout commercial jingles as aphorisms, believing them to be true (Charmin is a natural construction material, because it's "ultra strong," for example). So you have an illustration of how commercial advertising's insidious claims influence more than we ...more
A really hilarious, fast-paced book for younger readers that manages to have the good sense to dip its toe in potty humor every now and then without going too crazy with it. While the book is odd, the plot is actually also fairly comprehensible for a silly novel of its genre (and I don't know why almost all the sci-fi aimed at younger readers is so goofy, but that often feels like its the case).

Most students have a hard time starting school, but Michael K. has it even worse: Bob and Jennifer, t
Why I read this: Jon Scieszka writes some of the funniest kids books around and I couldn't resist checking this one out.

Plot: Michael K. is a new kid just wanting to fit in at a new school, but the two classmates he has to sit next to are out of this world weird - literally. This two kids claim they are SPHDZs, along with the class hamster. They were sent down to help Earth avert a horrible disaster, but they need the help of Michael K. Of course, Michael thinks these kids are really bizarre, so
Oct 30, 2014 Jackson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like to read fiction books
Recommended to Jackson by: Encino Elementary
I like the book, Spaceheadz, by Jon Scieszka. I think the author did a great job developing the characters as aliens from other planets, struggling with life on Earth. The aliens went to school and met a new boy named Michael K. The aliens worked hard to complete their mission to turn kids into SPHDZ. The funniest part of the whole plot is that it is masterminded by one small, tiny hamster! I recommend this book to readers who enjoy funny stories. The author has also written many other books in ...more
Tracy Holland
Spaceheadz stars Michael K., an ordinary 5th grade boy, who has been selected by two teenage aliens to help save the planet. Confused and scared by the two new students in his class, Michael, who is also knew, is stuck being partnered with them. Unable to shake these two aliens, Michael tries to contact the AAA, a group of agents set on eliminating any alien life form, but is for the most part unsuccessful.

This is not my favorite genre, though I see the attraction to many readers. Students will
A boy is in fifth grade. His name is Michael K. He's new at his school and just wants to fit in. But there are these two kids who are indescribably weird; Bob and Jennifer. I'll try to describe them; Bob hugs fire hydrants and likes purple Dora backpacks and Jennifer eats pencils and talks like a wrestling commentary person. They insist that Michael K. Is the only one who can stop the Earth from being turned off.

Meanwhile, there's this secret agent guy who tracks down aliens. He wants to have a
Alison Hertz
I didn't love this one but I'm not a seven to nine year old boy and they might love the wackinessof the plot. When Michael K starts 5th grade at a new school, two other new kids are partnered up with him for everything and those two are strange. In fact, soo strange they are from a different planet. Check out the story if you want to learn what happens to Michael K as he tries to shake these odd balls who could totally ruin his life. On the flipside, if you're looking for a great mid grade read ...more
Carrie Holder
My reluctant reading son loved this book. We both enjoyed reading it together. We laughed so hard in many parts of the book. This book pokes fun at clichés found in alien movies and advertising. This book is interesting, humorous, and creatively written. We will definitely be reading the next SPHDZ books, in the meantime, we will be exploring the websites mentioned in the book. A very fun read indeed.
Dawn McNary
Michael K does not know what to think but he does know how to make an odd situation feel normal, sort of anyway! Being the new kid in school is always a challenge...being surrounded by other new kids, who are noticeably strange turns out to be an exciting adventure that Michael K comes to enjoy. This book draws in even the most reluctant of readers. The only part I regret is not having Book2 at the ready. Music to a mom's ears is when your child says "awww I wish we had the next book..I want to ...more
I think that is a good book because to me it seem funny. It is a lot more differnt from other books because some pages just look weird like 3 pages back to back only say ekkk and it seem differnt from other books because other books just put a quote and that it they are done. They also have some strange thing like 2 pages are unsidedown so you have to slip the page to even see it. 2 or 3 pages are wasted because the author pretend it riped(not phycally)
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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