Just received my comp copies of the four, all new adventures of Eek and Ack. These chapters books contain much of the same silliness that the graphic novels are known for. They are almost prequels to the graphic novels. Not only are they for a younger audience, but their adventures focus largely on events on their home planet of Gloop.
When Eek and Ack’s sister Bleck dares them to conquer Earth, they have no choice but to try. Things don’t go as planned, as they end up zapping the wrong planet!
Ack has to write a paper about black holes, and he doesn’t know a thing about them. Eek is there to show Ack all the ins and outs about these space vacuums!
Ack wants a pet, but he knows that Mom will never get him one. That’s no problem. Eek will just make him one instead!
After observing earthlings, Eek decides to build a spaceship so that he and Ack can go conquer Earth. What will happen when their ship lands in the Sudsy Duck Laundromat?
Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year—so I’m already inclined to like this book. But it’s also funny. And it’s got a Wolfman. And a cross-dressing alien ballerina. What’s not to love? Great fun!
—Robert Marsh, author of the Monster and Me series
Two goofy aliens come to conquer Earth and fortunately for them, it’s Halloween, so no one suspects they’re real aliens. But a very real werewolf shows up to attack the town, and they have to think fast. Mild gross-outs, plenty of humor, and comedy monsters make this appealing without being really scary.
—School Library Journal
Eek and Ack are alien invaders determined to conquer earth, but instead they often find themselves in troublesome situations. In the latest volume in the Graphic Sparks series, aimed at younger readers, the inept aliens land their laundry-dryer-shaped spaceship on the spookiest day of the year, Halloween. The good news is that even though they wear weak disguises, no one suspects they are really creatures from another planet. The bad news is that a werewolf decides to attack the town. The cute story will definitely appeal to younger fans of graphic novels, and children learning to read and those being introduced to sequential art will enjoy the cartoon-style illustrations. In the back of the book, readers will discover a glossary, more facts about werewolves, discussion questions, writing prompts, and Internet sites, all of which make this graphic novel very appealing to educators and parents. With out-of-this-world silliness mixed with a touch of gross humor and a gob of goofy monsters, this will be a popular choice.
I have to admit this book cracked me up. Eek & Ack travel to earth in their spaceship – that really looks like a washing machine – to discover why it is so hard to conquer. Their disguises are hilarious – one wearing a tutu and the other in a hooded robe of sorts. They end up traveling to earth on Halloween and meet up with a wolfboy. Let’s just say, they’re not staying long on this Earth. This graphic novel is comical and fantastical, elements that I both enjoy. These books will be great for kids who like something a bit more funny.
—Bookworming in the 21st Century
EEK & ACK VS THE WOLFMAN is more comedy than horror with just enough monster goodness to tickle a child’s fancy but not enough to give anyone the slightest nightmare. I laughed throughout the book and constantly thought of the kids at my school and how they would really dig this book. The girls and the boys would laugh at the crazy antics of Eek and Ack. There’s an underpants scene, vomit, a washing machine space ship, and two goofy looking aliens. How could kids not love this book?
The pacing is right on with plenty of funny dialogue, great situations, and hysterical action.
—The Graphic Classroom
Aliens Eek and Ack want to find out why Earth is so hard to conquer. They dress up in “traditional Earthling costumes” and arrive on the planet during a meteor shower, a perfect disguise for their landing. They do not realize that it is Halloween or that the Wolfman is on the loose. Harpster’s characters are wonderfully drawn in dark colors, and readers see the full emotion behind these charming aliens.
—School Library Journal
Eek & Ack are two aliens who fly around in a spaceship which looks suspiciously like a washing machine. They decide to visit Earth to find out why it is so hard to conquer. They arrive on Halloween night dressed in costume with funny results but eventually meet up with a Wolfman who has also used the night to fit in with humans and decides that Eek & Ack look tasty . Lots of fun!
—Graphic Novel Challenge
Eek and Ack, twins from the Great Goo Galaxy, are out to conquer Earth. After their annoying sister tattles on them for trying to blow it up, their dad instructs them to find a more peaceful means for taking over the planet. Eek comes up with a foolproof plan, and the twins begin to collect snottle bugs, which are to be used to cover Earth in green ooze, but that idea gets them into a huge mess. The art takes full advantage of the silly situation when the boys’ creations come to life. In the second book, Jimmy Sniffles and his superpowered nose return to fight the evil Dr. Von Snotenstein. This time, however, Jimmy has a cold, and his medicine has zapped his sense of smell. This leaves the perfect opening for the evil doctor to take over the city with his awful Snot-Bots. Luckily, Jimmy comes up with a way to thwart him, and the villain is defeated-for now. The cartoons are bold and captivating, and the gross humor will surely bring in even the most reluctant of readers.
—School Library Journal