Title: Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!
Author: Matt Brown (@mattbrownauthor)
Illustrator: Paco Sordo (@damealgo)
Publisher: Usborne (@Usborne)
Page count: 256
Date of publication: 28th June 2018
Series status: N/A
Eric Doomsday loves doing magic tricks. But even though his best friend, Vinnie Mumbles, thinks they’re great, they do always seem to go a bit… wrong.
When some very important School Inspectors threaten to close down Eric’s school, his headmistress decides to put on a talent show. A talent show with Eric in it. And Eric’s magic tricks.
Thank goodness the Earth isn’t being inspected by aliens at the same time! Because magic, aliens and talent shows are sure to be a horrible mix… Aren’t they?
The first line:
In the whole of his entire, actual life, Eric Doomsday had never got anything through the post.
To celebrate the official publication date and launch (Happy Book Birthday!) of Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, I’m absolutely delighted that I’m opening up the Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! blog tour on The Reader Teacher today!
Without further ado, here’s Matt’s guest post where he talks about space, space travel and asks ‘DO YOU THINK ALIENS EXIST?’…
Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! Blog: Space and Space Travel
You won’t be super-surprised to find out that my new book, Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! is full of aliens. So, let me ask you something.
DO YOU THINK ALIENS EXIST? I’m going to level with you, I think they do. I have no idea what they look like or whether they breathe through their eyeballs, or eat raw sardines and custard, or have reversible heads but I do think they’re out there.
When I was ten my dad told me that the universe went on forever. Obviously, I laughed right in his face.
“Ha ha ha ha ha!” I said. “That’s impossible, you fool!”
I was aware there were big things, of course. The oak tree in the field at the bottom of our road was big. My school was big. My grandma’s bras were big. But never-ending? I simply couldn’t understand what he was blithering on about. But even though I couldn’t really imagine what an infinite universe looked like, I started to think about where we lived in a slightly different way. Not just in a house, or a town, or a country but where we lived in space. It was around this time that I started addressing all envelopes and postcards like this.
Then a few years later I saw something that changed my life, it was this photograph.
The photo was taken on February 14th, 1990 by the Voyager 1 space probe. You see the little dot in the middle? That’s the Earth seen from a distance of 3.7 billion miles. Look how little we are. For the first time I realised what we would look like to aliens. We were as tiny as one of the distant stars I look up at in the night sky. As tiny as a grain of sand on a beach. A speck, a blemish, a dot. One of the scientists who worked on the Voyager probe was Carl Sagan. When he saw the photo he said:
“We succeeded in taking that picture and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.”
The Voyager 1 space probe is nearly as old as me. For the last forty years it has travelled at a speed of over 38,000 miles per hour away from the Earth. As I’m writing this, Voyager is over 13 billion miles away and is currently flying in the interstellar medium, which is the space between solar systems in a galaxy. Can you imagine? It has travelled at 38,000 miles per hour, every hour for the last 40 years and it has only just left our solar system. And our solar system is teeny, eeny, weeny when you compare it to our galaxy. Our sun is one of two hundred billion suns in our galaxy and there are at least one hundred billion other galaxies in the bit of the universe that we can see. So, even if only one percent of the suns in the universe have planets orbiting them and one percent of those planets are like Earth then that is still 2,000,000,000,000,000,000 places where life might exist. And that is a LOT of places, they are just very, very, very far away.
So, when you next look up at the night sky just think that there’s probably someone, or something, looking back at you from another galaxy. Let’s just hope they’re not as stupid as the aliens in Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!
Matt Brown, author of Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!
The award-winning Matt Brown is BACK, with a HILARIOUS new novel jam-packed with talent shows, aliens and a whole lot of bonkers…
Huge thanks to Liz and all at Usborne for inviting me to take part in Matt’s blog tour! Extra thanks to Matt for taking the time to write his awesome guest post!
Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! is available to order online or from any good bookshop.