A grumpy Earth boy is assigned in school to write a letter to a boy named Clunk from the planet Quasar. He doesn’t want a pen pal, so he sends his hated sister and various gross and bizarre things to Clunk, and starts receiving equally strange things in return from him, such as some sort of being or pet called a Zorp, a floating orb face that follows him around everywhere. Eventually they find that, although from different planets, they have many things in common.
This is a definite winner as a book for boys, a goofy but well-crafted story with great cartoonish illustrations. There’s not really anything to complain about here. It should be a big hit with young people.
Review by Joshua Whiting, Granite Library Media Program
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-4
Earth to Clunk
Written by Pam Smallcomb, Illustrated by Joe Berger
Dial Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12, 2011
ISBN: 9780803734395 (hardcover)