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Alexander Stadler. Julian Rodriguez: Trash Crisis on Earth
Scholastic  $17.99  ISBN 978-0-439-91966-1  123 pg.
Reviewed by Joe, Age 13

Outrageous!  Outrageous!  That is the only word that can possibly describe the treatment I have received on this pathetic little planet!

First officer Julian Rodriguez has been disguised as an eight-year-old boy for eight long years.  During that time he has put up with all kinds of things and never complained.  But now he has had it!  He is forced to take the ultimate punishment; he is forced to take out the trash.  Will Julian survive this punishment and save us from annihilation?

Alexander Stadler wrote Julian Rodriguez and has written several other books including What Willie Wore and the Beverly Billingsly series. At first glance this book appears to be an easy chapter book, but it is actually a mix between a chapter book and a graphic novel, with all the illustrations. It is a good book and I recommend this book for kids 7 to 11. The vocabulary will keep both the early readers and older readers challenged and entertained.

I enjoyed Julian Rodriguez because, simply it was written in a different format then other books that I have read before. The cartoons were great!  Also it was quick and amusing.  I would buy the next book in the series because I would like to see what happens next for Julian. It is a quick story; it does not take much time to read the 100 plus pages.  I could believe what Julian went through, as it sometimes happens to me.  I found the ending funny and I thought that what happened would happen.

I give Julian Rodriguez: Trash Crisis on Earth 4 stars out of 5.


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