Lately I have become more interested in children’s and middle grade books. Most of them are a lot of fun and are something good to read between the heavy books of War & Peace and Brother’s Karamazov (not that I have finished either of those two books, but you get my drift!). When I was offered the opportunity to read and review Aoleon The Martian Girl, I decided to jump at the opportunity.
Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.
Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.
Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).
And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.
If only he can survive.
Join Gilbert and Aoleon in this exciting middle-grade science fiction and fantasy adventure!
About the Author
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.
First, I have to comment on the cover page- the shiny blue Martian hovering on a hover board with a spaceship in the background- you just know that this story is going to be very, very adventurous. This definitely proved true – the entire story, right from the first sentence, “Gilbert Sullivan often had strange dreams the night before the circle makers came”, was adventure packed and a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing the development of Aoleon and her flying lessons. Brent’s writing is fantastic and really helps to develop the characters. His writing contains a lot of details which really helps to bring the characters to life.
The illustrations throughout the book were a lot of fun also. I enjoyed seeing how the author visualized the various scenes (and being the nerdy person I am, definitely compared his visualizations with mine!). The colours were fantastic and the depictions of the characters were great.
Overall, if you are looking for a really fun children’s story with a lot of adventure, then I highly recommend you pick up this book. I give this book:
4 out of 5 hippos
Thank you to:
for allowing me to participate in this tour.