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How to properly dispose of Planet Earth
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New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2019.
Physical Description:
185 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: How to sell your family to the aliens.
With Squeep's help, Hap Conklin, eleven, faces his fear of talking to the new girl at school but also opens a black hole and uncovers information about his grandmother's next evil plan.


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Popular New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth continues his illustrated middle grade series about a boy, his wacky family, and an out-of-this-world adventure in this laugh-out-loud sequel to How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens .

Happy Conklin Jr. is still the only 10-year-old who has to shave three times a day, thanks to being tested on by his inventor father. And it's safe to say Hap is the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. The good news is that Hap managed to save his family--including his tyrannical Grandma--but now the Conklins face a problem that might put the whole world in danger . . .

Hap wants a girl in his sixth-grade science class to be his lab partner but lacks the courage to even talk to her. Through the mysterious powers of Squeep! the lizard, he finds a way to overcome this fear but also, unfortunately, opens a black hole in his middle school that will swallow the solar system unless he's able to stop it. In his race against time to save everything , he's helped by his sister Kayla, greatly hindered by his sister Alice, and uncovers the truth about Grandma's plan to take over the Galaxy.

Author Notes

Paul Noth 's cartoons have appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 2004. He has created short animated films for Late Night with Conan O'Brien , and been an animation consultant for Saturday Night Live. He is the author of How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens.; @PaulNoth

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Happy Conklin Jr., aka Hap, is back again in the next installment of Noth's wacky, other-dimensional, family adventure. He's still the only sixth grader who has to shave several times a day to avoid looking like "Rip Van Winkle," the result of one of his father's experiments. This time around, he's trying to find the courage to ask a girl, Nev, to be his lab partner in science class. Squeep!, the lizard full of mysterious messages, is trying to help but keeps disappearing into another dimension through the "Doorganizer." With the help of his good sister, Kayla, and the interference of his evil sister, Alice, Hap inadvertently ends up ripping open a black hole which threatens to swallow up planet Earth. The plot, which is full of twists and turns yet still tends to drag, culminates in a cliffhanger involving Hap's power-hungry, evil Grandma making an appearance. Hap is the ultimate hapless underdog but readers may not care enough to be rooting for him. The nearly all-white cast of characters and the implausible, at times nonsensical, plot twists may alienate many readers. This one is also peppered with Noah's drawings and panels. This is not a standalone read. VERDICT A confusing, not terribly interesting sequel. Purchase only where the first in the series is very popular.-Megan Kilgallen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

The prospect of a black hole swallowing Earth pitches a middle-schooler into a round of frantic antics involving teleporting lizards, hostile Galactics, the FBI, several sisters with unusual powers and abilities, and a certain locket-shaped portal to extra-dimensional space-time thought destroyed in the previous episode, How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens (2018). Happy Conklin, Jr., is used to challenges he's not even a teenager yet and he already has to cope with the necessity of shaving three times a day, thanks to an experiment of his inventor dad's but even with the help of his sister Kayla, who can see into various futures, keeping both the locket and his strangely gifted lizard, Squeep!, out of the clutches of his mega- and kleptomaniacal sister Alice, not to mention saving the planet, is a tall order. Noth, a New Yorker cartoonist, strews Happy's nonstop narrative with droll ink-and-wash vignettes on the way to a climactic twist. Familiarity with the opener will give readers a better feel for the characters and overall arc of this wonderfully goofy sequel.--John Peters Copyright 2018 Booklist