Space Taxi: Archie’s Alien Disguise by Wendy Mass and Michael Brawer

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Archie and his dad are transporting an alien named Bloppy in his dad’s space taxi, when a call comes in that there’s an emergency princess rescue to be made.  The taxi gets damaged in the landing, so Dad has to stay with it to make repairs.  Archie and their talking cat Pockets are on their own to rescue the princess.  In order to blend in on the planet, Pockets disguises Archie as an alien with three arms and eyes.  Will he be able to find the princess, get her out of the haunted castle, and return her to the king before the evil B.U.R.P. organization catches up with them?  Ages 6-9.

Pros:  This is a new direction for Wendy Mass, who usually writes for upper elementary and young adult girls, but she hits the mark just as well for younger readers.  Plenty of action and humor, all interspersed regularly with comic style illustrations.

Cons:  You might want to start with the first book in the series, Archie Takes Flight, before reading this one.

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