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Aliens for breakfast
by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra ; illustrated by Steve Björkman.
Publisher description
New York : Random House, c1988.
62 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


"A Stepping Stone book."
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class.
Reading level: 2-4.

Best Books:

Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Texas Bluebonnet Award, 1991 Winner Texas

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1996-1997 ; Nominee; Minnesota
Texas Reading Club, 2000 ; Texas

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.2
Accelerated Reader Points 1
Accelerated Vocabulary

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 420

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 4
Title Point Value 3
Lexile Measure 420


Lanette (BookHive (
Richard sits down to breakfast, a bowl of cereal, and right before his very eyes a little alien pops to the surface of his milk. The alien, Aric, explains that he has come to get rid of another alien called a Drane. This drane can disguise himself in human form. It so happens that the new kid in Richard's class looks like the drane. In fact, the new kid in Richard's class is the drane!! Find out how Richard and his new friend Aric fight off the bad alien. This beginning chapter book contains some pencil drawings. Category: Adventure; Beg. Chapter Books; Science Fiction. Grade Level: Primary (K-3rd grade). 1988, Random Library. Ages 5 to 9.

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
This short, eight-chapter novel has a zany premise loaded with reader appeal but, disappointingly, never takes off. Richard sits down to breakfast one morning and discovers that his bowlful of Alien Crisp cereal is home to the real thinga tiny, talkative alien named Aric, who explains that he has come to save Earth from the evil Dranes, a rival alien race. One of them has already taken up residence; it is, in fact, Dorf, the eerily cool, instantly popular new boy in Richard's class. Richard must destroy Dorf before it is too late, but Aric has forgotten the correct method for doing that. Richard and Aric's efforts are tame and uninspired, the turns of plot seem random rather than carefully thought out, and the eventual solution (feeding Dorf large quantities of red pepper, which causes him to explode) requires little ingenuity or initiative on Richard's part. Loose, rather quirky pen-and-ink illustrations are a dashing addition to what is otherwise easily forgotten fare. Ages 7-9. (Nov.)




Bickerstaff, Richard (Fictitious character) Juvenile fiction.
Extraterrestrial beings Juvenile fiction.
Friendship Juvenile fiction.
Science fiction (Juvenile)
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.E854 Al 1988
88006653 Fic
9780394820934 (pbk.)
0394920937 (lib. bdg.) : $5.99
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