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Earth to Clunk

September 11, 2011

Earth to Clunck
written by Pam Smallcomb, illustrated by Joe Berger
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011
picture book

When his teacher, Mr. Zookian, assigns pen pals from other planets with the direction to send something from Earth, our young, blond-haired narrator with an attitude, sends his pen pal, Clunk (from the planet Quazar,) his older sister.

THAT will teach him to have a pen pal from Earth,” he thinks as he ships of the sister.

Clunk sends him back a Zoid. Whatever that is.

So, our narrator sends Clunk his dirty socks.

To which Clunk replies with three Forps. Who smell like dog food.

Back and forth go the not-so-lovely pen pal exchanges until mom demands older sister gets sent back from Quazar.

Clunk returns the sister with a glob and a note that changes everything. Maybe he’ll get a visit from Clunk. And just maybe, they’ll find how much they have in common. (Like being annoyed at pesky older sister.)

Earth to Clunk is an entertaining story about life with an older, pesky sister and making friends. We love it!

Book Play: Ask a distant friend with kids if you could partner up to be pen pals. Send your pen pal a postcard from your state.

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