A middle-grade sci-fi book about Archer and Zowie: Two best friends who, after some inventing in the kitchen using a permanent marker and a little anti-matter, are surprised to find that the microwave oven can now:
Mash up and chew on the whole universe in less than a second.
Wants to kill them.
Archer and Zowie is a science fiction adventure taking two best (but very opposite) friends on a wild journey through space in their homemade spaceship. They battle dark matter, babysitters, teleporting microwaves, giant penguin aliens, and even the author of this book to come out on the other side…still friends.
The right friends can free us to be ourselves.
"Hans Bluedorn has encapsulated childhood imagination at its fullest."-- DeAnna Squire, Reedsy
Author of The Fallacy Detective has written again. This time, he tackles friendship and self-esteem for kids using his comedy-of-the-absurd humor.
Children will learn:
- Astronomy, geography, physics, and other bits of science.
- Vocabulary to feed the imagination.
- Friendship. Being friends with somebody who sees the world differently is hard, but rewarding.
- Self-esteem and identity. Learning to see yourself and like who you are.
Archer and Zowie has the character of Beverly Cleary's Romona Quimby, with the wild imagination of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Other inspirations were Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes, Madeleine L' Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Books like Treasure Island, The Invisible Man, The Call of the Wild, and Les Miserables. (but not The Lord of the Rings he had to read that on his own time).
He grew up hearing stories of adventure and developed a passion for life led by imagination.
"But, I never thought about, intended on, or had a passion for writing until one day when I was maybe 16. My mom said I had to read the classic book "Beowulf" and write a book report.
I read it. I spent one full page describing how I felt. I titled it: "Beerwulf by Unabridged." I was boldly critical of the work of "Unabridged." Including the characters, plot, and writing. My mom laughed and let it fly.
I realized that I could get away with whatever I wanted as long as I was honest, genuine, and made people laugh."
Later, Hans co-wrote The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox--books that teach critical thinking skills to unsuspecting teenagers.
His latest book is Archer and Zowie--a kid's sci-fi story about aliens, outer space, and how to be friends with someone very different from you.
Hans' books have sold over two hundred thousand copies since 2002 and won numerous awards.
"I think that reading a book should be a special experience. Starting with the first word, all the way to the end. When you're done, hopefully, you're a little different. I write books for people who want to become just a little different."
Hans lives with his wife Desi in Durango, Colorado, where he enjoys rock climbing with friends and staring into space while thinking.
Table of Contents
- Alot Can Happen
- In The Morning If
- You Get Up Early
- The Hans
- By Sight
- By Smell
- A Big Lunch Is Eaten With Friends
- And Archer
- Terminal Velocity