SPHDZ 4 Life!

SPHDZ 4 Life! Bk. 4. illus. by Shane Prigmore. 192p. (Spaceheadz Series). ebook available. S & S. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781416979579; pap. $5.39. ISBN 9781416979586. LC 2012040116.
Gr 4–7—Michael K., along with his fellow spaceheadz, and the various organizations he has encountered over the past three books, have returned to foil the chief's plans of sending Earth into oblivion. By holding out his brainwave, Michael K. prevents the 3.14 million and one brainwave globe from powering the ultimate destruction device; the red hot ray. The chief, in a plot to get Michael K's coveted brain wave, sends diversions all over the globe, leaving Michael and friends to finish fifth grade alone. When the new principal starts assigning television, texting, and videogames as homework, Michael gets suspicious. The quirky plot, zippy dialogue, zany art, and abundant action will keep easily distracted readers moving at full pace. Individual pages with complimentary science are interspersed through the book for interesting, but not overwhelming, interludes. The extensive catalog of characters and winding storyline make this a tough read without prior Spaceheadz knowledge, but will make an excellent addition where the previous installments are popular. The related website is a fun supplement to the story.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
The evil chief of the Anti-Alien Agency's plot to destroy Earth is thwarted by fifth grader Michael K.'s unique ability to withstand the brainwashing effects of commercials. The humor and frenetic energy continue in Scieszka's wacky series; this title will only make sense to readers of the previous three books who know (and love) the cast of characters.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing