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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (20 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057123903X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571239030
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A thrilling, silly escapade among the stars.
-- The Scotsman, August 5, 2008

Excellent, pacy adventure. I laughed out loud. Its chaotic anarchy reminded me of Roald Dahl. Jolly, yet strangely educational. -- bookbag.co.uk, November, 2008

One of the books most likely to fire children's imaginations and leave them hungry for more
-- Sunday Times, June 29, 2008

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Excellent, pacy adventure. I laughed out loud. Its chaotic anarchy reminded me of Roald Dahl. Jolly, yet strangely educational.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Robinson on 9 April 2008
Format: Paperback
I have four children between 4 and 9 and am always on the lookout for good books. "Felicity Frobisher & the three-headed Aldebaran dust devil" is brilliant. I only bought it at the weekend and we'cve already read it twice. It's about a little girl who has a very bad friend, whoc comes down a wormhole from another planet. My girls loved it because they identified with poor Felicity and the boys loved it because Felicity's very naughty friend - Flummff - is a boy. And I enjoyed it even thought I'm, 41! - especially all the silly names, like Miss Sprint the PE teacher and Mr Floggitt the headmaster and Sharon Fruit, Brian Nylon and Virginia Creeper. The illustrations are great, like the one of little Felicity, the worst at French in her class, being hugged off her feet by the teacher after the pan-galactic Speaking Dictionary gives her the best French accent ever. I alreday know of Marcus Chown as a science writer so I was intrigued to find out whether he could write for kids. The story is fantastic and lots of fun and we learnt something about space too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bookmadfamily on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
A friend gave me this book because he thought my son, aged 3 1/2, would enjoy it. I was a bit sceptical but tried it on him and it was a huge hit! He inevitably missed a lot of the jokes in it but immediately identified with the characters, in particular, the mischievous Flummf. He was totally hooked - even though there wasn't a single dinosaur in it - and as soon as we'd finished the book, he demanded that we start all over again! I've no doubt that older children would love it even more and we will definitely be keeping it on the bookshelf to be revisited over the coming few years as well as giving copies to friends with slightly older children. Let's hope there's a sequel out soon...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alison Jolly on 21 April 2008
Format: Paperback
What a wonderful story! I giggled all through it, re-read it,
then seized the chance to read it out to 7 year old grandchild, who devoured the whole thing in two sittings. She has gone
back to Scotland, so I am attempting to put it away without reading
it again. What fun!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EMG on 2 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
What's it like to go down a wormhole? Not the sort you'd find in a garden, but short-cuts through space and time. Well, Felicity Frobisher knows.

Poor Felicity. She's just trying to get ready to go to school when a three-headed alien from the planet Aldebaran-4 arrives in her bedroom and covers everything in dust.

But Aldebaran-4 is light years away - so how did he get there? Through a wormhole. This is advanced multi-dimensional physics for young readers. The science is so new, even physicists aren't completely certain about it yet. But Marcus Chown (who usually writes factual science books about mind-bending topics such as negative gravity, ripples in the universe and where all our atoms came from) has turned it into a fun, fast-paced story. As the Three-Headed Aldebaran Dust Devil explains, wormholes are like a pan-galactic underground system, and he takes Felicity with him - to the International Space Station, Hawaii and Aldebaran-4 itself.

The book ends with some really interesting facts about space. My favourite is that the first space rockets didn't have toilets so the astronauts had to wee in their space suits!
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