Never Hitch a Ride with a Martian tells the story of a short-sighted Martian loses his way and crashes on Earth, three children get a chance to be taken for the ride of their lives. This story describes the excitement of their trip into outer space and what they find, to their amazement, on their return. Features of the Book – An example of narrative fantasy, – The humour in the text and illustrations, – The use of adjectives – tremendous, shaky, bulgy, disgusting, gigantic, – Text in the illustrations, – The Martian’s voice, – The concept of the missing time, – Inventive language – gunk, Ziggle Toad, goo, – The invitation from the author that leads the reader into the story, Purpose Never Hitch a Ride with a Martian! can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – identifying the importance of setting to the story’s development, – using inference to draw conclusions, – studying word meanings systematically, – using text as a model for students’ own writing, – exploring the use of descriptive language.
Themes covered in this book are: Adventure, Humour, Maths
Reading Level: 25-26 (Emerald)