***Beatnik Rutabagas From Beyond the Stars
by Quentin Dodd
Reviewed April 6, 2002.
Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2001. 216 pages.
This is a thoroughly silly book. Walter Nutria is abducted by
aliens because he has rented more science fiction movies at the local
video store than anyone else, and they think he would make a good general
in their fight against the Wotwots.
Unfortunately, his friend Yselle was chosen as general by the Wotwots,
because she was number two. Then they find out that each race has
only one ship in its fleet. Poor maneuvering gets the ships rammed
together, only to be stolen by Space Mice from Galaxy Four when they go in
for repairs. By the end of the book, Walter and Yselle get a chance
to save the universe, not to mention ending the war between the Wotwots and
the Lirgonians. Along the way we encounter joke after joke about your
typical science fiction scenario.
This book was a lot of fun, although my seven-year-old found it more
enchanting than I did. He’s on the young side of those who will enjoy
it--It will give a laugh to science fiction fans of all ages. Don’t
pick it up unless you’re in the mood for something silly!
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund. All rights
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