The Boy Who Cried Alien by Marilyn Singer

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This is The Boy Who Cried Wolf like you’ve never seen it before: with tentacles, wigs, and a secret code language that kids can decipher. Larry the Liar must help these friendly extra-terrestrials refuel their ship so they can get back home. But will the townspeople believe his intergalactic tale of glory?

This hilarious reimagining uses meticulously composed verse, alternating points of view, and comic book elements to give the story loads of color, humor and visual interest. Veteran children’s book author Marilyn Singer teams up with Brian Biggs, the illustrator of Shredder Man, Beastly Rhymes, Brownie and Pearl, and Everything Goes: On Land to create the best interstellar tall tale ever.


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Author Bio: Marilyn Singer ( is the author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including I'm Your Bus, City Lullaby, Mirror, Mirror, and Monster Museum. She lives with her husband and a variety of creatures in Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, CT.Illustrator Bio: Brian Biggs ( is the illustrator of the Brownie and Pearl series by Cynthia Rylant, One Beastly Beast by Garth Nix, the Goofball Malone detective series by Stephen Malone, and several other children’s books. He won a Christopher Award for his work on the Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen. He currently lives and rides bikes in Philadelphia, PA with his two kids.
Published March 20, 2012 by Hyperion Book CH. 48 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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/ Those fakes cannot / harm me…’ / ‘Holy pastrami— / call out the army!’ ”) to unsyncopated stutter steps.

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But while there’s no denying the skill involved in the construction of Singer’s (Mirror, Mirror) outer-limits verse, much of it—especially the alien-speak—is not well suited for reading aloud, and the sheer quantity of text may have readers (even alien-lovers) losing interest.

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