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The Aliens are coming!
Thiesing, Lisa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Peggy becomes very worried when she hears that the Aliens are coming, but then she learns that they are a rock band.
General Note:
"A silly thriller with Peggy the Pig"--Jacket.
Reading Level:
320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 81698.
Format :


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Peggy the pig is back in a new easy-to-read escapade just as funny as The Viper. "The Aliens have landed!" scream news reports. And they're coming nearer! What's a petrified piggy to do? Kids will love figuring out before Peggy does that the Aliens are not extraterrestrials but a popular rock band.

Young fans of the silly, endearing Peggy will applaud this delightful follow-up to the hit The Viper, about which School Library Journal raved: "Few beginning readers are as good as this one. . . ."

Author Notes

Lisa Thiesing has illustrated and written many fun books for children.

Lisa grew up in New York City and was a typical city kid. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1980 with a BFA in illustration.

Lisa has always wanted to do children's books and is particularly proud of the Silly Thrillers with Peggy the Pig that she has done with Dutton.

Lisa now lives in New York's Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-2. This silly thriller in the Dutton Easy Reader series begins as a War of the Worlds story. Peggy the Pig hears on the radio that The Aliens are coming! They have taken over Europe! She consults her globe, and, reassured that Europe is far away, relaxes. But then she hears they're in Japan, then in California, then . . . in her very own East Coast town. By this time, Peggy, panicked, is cloaked in camouflage gear and hiding in a bunker with a gas mask. When the aliens arrive, sirens wail and people scream, and the book doesn't seem silly at all. It isn't until the very last pages that the punch line is delivered: The Aliens are a band. Thiesing's illustrations of an anteater TV announcer and Peggy with her atlases, globes, and maps (to track alien progress) are artful and endearing, and short sentences and white space make for easy reading. --Karin Snelson Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Peggy the Pig, first introduced in The Viper (Dutton, 2002), returns in this amusing beginning reader. The fast-paced, suspenseful text describes how she hears a radio report that the "Aliens are coming," and then becomes more and more worried as they journey closer and closer to her home. She tracks their progress on the map, buys emergency supplies, and cowers inside her house. At the conclusion of this story, when her friend drags her out to a concert, Peggy finally realizes that she has misunderstood just who the "Aliens" really are. The comical illustrations reveal that the pig lives in an earlier era: she wears a poodle skirt and scarf and fiddles with the dials of an old-fashioned radio. This clever tale will appeal to newly independent readers.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.