Title: Attack of the Alien Dung
Author: Gareth P. Jones
Published: February 9th 2017
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 128 pages
Source: Paperback from Publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
The Pet Defenders Code:
1. The safety of Planet Earth depends on you.
2. Humans MUST NOT know the truth. GOOD LUCK – you’ll need it…
It’s up to Mitzy and Biskit to save the world from alien invasions – just so long as they can stop fighting like cat and dog for long enough to do it!
Secret agent Biskit is not happy when he discovers his new partner Mitzy is a cat – everyone knows that cats and dogs don’t mix. But saving the earth from alien invasions must come first and the planet is under attack! A cluster of cow pats has flown into town and they’re whipping up a stink… It’s time for Biskit and Mitzy to put aside their differences and kick some alien butt!
For fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.
I love reading kids’ books – despite being an almost 27 year old adult. There’s something great about escaping into a world of adventure for an hour. I’ve long wanted to read a book by Jones and I was thrilled when this book landed on my doorstep. It was everything I hoped it would be: fun-filled, crazy adventure with aliens!
Agent Biskit is called upon to save humanity from another alien threat when a mysterious cluster of cow pats lands in a field in a perfect circle. He’s less than thrilled when he discovers that he’s been assigned a new partner – a cat, no less! – in Agent Mitzy. Now the pair must work together to track down the alien before it causes irreversible damage to their town.
The best thing about reading kids’ books is that no matter how far-fetched they may seem, they totally work. The world is being taken over by aliens that land via cowpat shaped creations? Sure! Humans don’t remember seeing them because seagulls have a totally disgusting memory-erasing power? I’m on board. The fate of the world rests in the hands of domestic pets? Let’s go!
The illustrations work so well with Jones’s writing, really bringing the Pet Defenders world to life. I loved every page and couldn’t put it down. Definitely one that kids will love, I think!
About the Author
Gareth first started writing when he was very young but it wasn’t until he was in his early twenties that he completed his first novel. Having had it universally rejected he wrote a novel for children called Who Killed Charlie Twig, which received an equally unimpressed reception and remains rightly unpublished to this day.
Some years passed during which Gareth met his future wife, Lisa and began a career in TV, working on shows such as The Big Breakfast and Richard & Judy. Then one day he found himself having lunch at the offices of Bloomsbury. He mentioned the unpublished book to a nice lady called Sarah, who politely suggested that he should send in the first three chapters for her to look at (and most likely dismiss, she thought to herself). Gareth returned home and excitedly told his wife this news, who gently explained that the book he had written actually wasn’t very good, but reminded him that he had recently begun work on a much better idea. This turned out to be good advice. In 2007 Bloomsbury published the first of four books in the series The Dragon Detective Agency and have since published The Thornthwaite Inheritance, Space Crime Conspiracy and The Considine Curse. He has also written a shorter story, Perry’s 5, published by Barrington Stoke and a series of books called Ninja Meerkats, published by Stripes.
Gareth now divides his time between writing books, producing TV programmes, spending time with his wife and son, Herbie and playing the slightly ludicrous number of stringed instruments in his front room.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads