Meet Hank, Hector, and Henry Hooligan – three brothers who love adventure. The only trouble is … adventure sometimes comes with a side of purple. Purple alien, that is. A great adventure awaits you all, Squinks, in The Alien that Ate My Socks.
1. The action never stops. This book begins with the Hooligan brothers competing in a go-cart race against their perpetual enemy, Rock. Once they encounter the purple guy, it’s just one thing after another. It was really hard for me to quit reading at the end of the night (or at the end of lunch) because each chapter ends with a cliffhanger. Is the purple alien going to eat ALL their clothes? Is it going to start eating the three boys or their friend, Ellie? And what makes it smell so … ick? I imagine green ooze wrapping itself around all that purple.
2. Hank, Hector, and Henry have such a great brotherly relationship. They annoy one another and taunt one another, but they never stop having each other’s backs. When Hector is hugged by the purple blob and goes temporarily noodly, Hank and Henry do what they can to get Hector back to normal. It must be so much fun to live in the Hooligan house!
3. The illustrations are just wonderful. Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of so many middle-grade books, including The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull, and The Curvy Tree, one of The Land of Stories tales. I loved flipping through the book again to see the pictures, which helped bring me back to various points of the story. You’ll love the images, too! You most definitely need to see the rest of Dorman’s wonderful illustrations online.
4. I really locked onto Henry’s character from the get-go. He’s quite charming and really funny with his retorts to his brothers’ jabs. I love that he’s always wondering about what else can be replaced with superficial materials just as his teeth had to be replaced with fake ones.
5. This is the first book in the Hoolie and the Hooligans series, and I’m glad because one book just isn’t enough to cover the Hooligans’ adventures. This book ends with such a bang … alas, that makes me impatient for the follow-up! Don’t worry: you’ll know when I know when the next book will be published.
Thank you, Shadow Mountain Publishing, for sending me a finished copy of Hoolie and the Hooligans 1: The Alien that Ate My Socks in exchange for an honest review.
All Squinklethoughts expressed herein are entirely my own.