by Tara Lazar (Author) Mike Boldt (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Bloop, the little green alien, must conquer Earth, and his first step is figuring out who's in charge. The answer? Dogs! This picture book about an alien who looks like a pug is laugh-out-loud funny--and full of heart, too! The perfect story for dog lovers! In his quest to become the next Emperor of Planet XYZ, Bloop makes too many bloopers. So he's sent to Earth to conquer that crazy planet first. Who's in charge there?

One visit to the park and Bloop knows: dogs, of course! Bloop tries to master these maddening mutts and prove that he's top dog. But once Bloop gets a taste of the good life on Earth, what will he do when he's summoned back to XYZ? Readers will cheer as the little puglike alien realizes the love of family makes Earth his real home. Tara Lazar's hilarious text perfectly pairs with Mike Boldt's vibrant art in this picture book about an alien who finally finds where he belongs.

Publisher's Weekly

After "too many bloopers," green extraterrestrial Bloop, who hails from a population of canine-like creatures, is sent to conquer Earth and prove that he’s worthy to be the next emperor of his own planet. Upon arrival, he finds that Earth is already being run by beings similar to him-in fact, they’ve successfully trained humans to carry, chase, and scoop. Attempting to learn dogs’ secrets, he eyes the way they "inspected their empire"-sticking heads out of car windows while being chauffeured around. Hoping to insinuate himself as a way of grabbing power, the pug-like Bloop gets adopted by a loving interracial family; their adoration and service persuades him that he is now "supreme leader" with all the benefits-"including something called ‘bacon,’ " writes Lazar (The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City). With its goofy narrative energy, skewed perspective, and accumulating visual gags, the story instantly brings to mind a classic cartoon; indeed, Boldt’s (Bad Dog) protagonist has the googly-eyed expressiveness and boundless, roly-poly physicality of a Warner Bros. animation, with a core joke that’s on human readers. Ages 4-8. 

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
July 20, 2021

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