The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains

Written by Tom McLaughlin

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In a nutshell: very funny cartoony alien invasion story

The imminent destruction of Earth is the subject of Tom McLaughlin’s typically hilarious new book, though he manages to slip in a few comments on our world and those who run it too. Freddy just wants to watch the wrestling, not start a space war! How could he know his DIY satellite dish would transmit signals to aliens from the Planet Twang and encourage them to start an invasion?  Freddy and his friend Sal manage to get hold of Nasa and the White House and before long the world’s leaders have assembled in Freddy’s living room, much to his mum’s annoyance – she has to tell them off more than once. Despite his threats, alien Alan is a lot less terrifying than first thought, but it’s funny too how an invading force makes everyone suddenly get along; after all, ‘Nobody’s perfect’, says Freddy, ‘We’re all just human.’ Clever, ingenious and irresistible fun!  ~ Andrea Reece

The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains Synopsis

A laugh-a-minute, action-packed alien adventure perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Best friends Freddy and Sal have accidentally intercepted a message from Alan - a spectacularly grumpy, brain-munching alien from outer space. Alan has only one message. Earth is going to be invaded in exactly ten hours' time. Soon the police, Nasa and even Presidents from around the world are getting involved - and Freddy is about to become the most famous kid on planet earth for all the wrong reasons. Wolverhampton, we have a problem.

The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate Our Brains Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Gene Macaulay, age 6 - 'I give this book ten stars out of ten because it was really funny and even made my Mum laugh out loud.'
  • Angelito Francisco, age 6 - 'A really funny book that makes you laugh out loud, suitable for all ages, boys and girls.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 12 - 'This book is about an ordinary boy called Freddy and his best friend Sal. It is set in an ordinary house, on an ordinary street, in an ordinary town of Wolverhampton. But they aren’t going to be ordinary for long!'
  • Jake Parke, age 11 - Wellington Primary Academy - 'I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very funny from beginning to end.'
  • Prisha Yadav, age 8 - 'Great Book with funny adventures of dealing with an alien who wished to end the world.'
  • Rob, age 8 - 'This is a very funny book.'
  • Ethan Watkin, age 10 - 'it was funny and adventurous...I think this book was like none I had ever read before.'     
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 8 & 6 - 'The Day that Aliens (Nearly) Ate our Brains by Tom McLaughlin is a fast paced adventure with plenty of silliness of the kind my boys adore...It is funny and cheeky enough to be very engaging for even reluctant readers.' 
  • Mark Dunn, age 7 - 'Choc-full of funny characters doing silly things, I loved this book as it made me laugh so much and there’s a great twist at the end.' 
  • Annie, age 8 - 'A laugh out loud funny book which every one will enjoy especially children aged 8. I really recommend it.'
  • Zara Sheikh, age 9 - 'I would definitely read another book by this author.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406375794
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406375794
Publication date: 4th January 2018
Author: Tom McLaughlin
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love, Reviewed by Children

About Tom McLaughlin

Having started life as a political cartoonist and then an animator, Tom McLaughlin is now best-known for his picture books, including The Diabolical Mr Tiddles (Simon & Schuster), The Story Machine and The Cloudspotter (both Bloomsbury). His first novel, The Accidental Prime Minister was shortlisted for 12 regional UK prizes followed by The Accidental Secret Agent and Tom's hilariously funny and much anticipated book, The Day That Aliens (Nearly) Ate our Brains. Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. ...

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