Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster's Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children's and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine. Visit him at BruceCoville.com.
Gr 3-6-William Dufris's narration makes a good story a great listen. The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher by Bruce Coville (Minstrel, 1999) is a sequel to I Was a Sixth Grade Alien (July 2000, p. 54). Here, alien Pleskit and human friend Tim get in major trouble when the trick they devise to stop the teasing of Jordan Lynch backfires and, instead of shrinking Jordan, they shrink Tim and their teacher. Reduced in size (but not weight) to a few inches, the two witness a hostile takeover of the classroom and must plot a way to save the class. The story is action filled and suspenseful with many humorous asides (such as the various bodily sounds Pleskit and the other aliens make to express emotions). It should appeal to middle grade boys in particular, but most listeners will enjoy the story. The narration alternates between Pleskit and Tim, and Dufris skillfully gives distinct voices to them which helps listeners follow the story. His ability to make just the right sounds for various alien names and nouns makes the recording a hoot. While this is a sequel, it is not necessary to have heard or read the first book to enjoy this one.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.