You Can’t Have My Planet, But Take My Brother… on Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2012 by

Today is April 22nd, which means it’s EARTH DAY! Today’s the day we should celebrate the lovely (and only) planet we inhabit by putting extra effort into green living, such as recycling, planting trees, being kind to animals, not wasting energy, and a billion other things you can do

A while back, Karen posted about some awesome books to check out in honor of Earth Day. And last year I interviewed science writer Seymour Simon and got the dirt on cow farts.

This year, I decided to honor Earth Day by reading You Can’t Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please by James Mihaley… completely random, I know! But it turned out to be the perfect book for Earth Day. In it, 13-year-old Giles is the less-than-impressive middle child of the family, and he’s pretty annoyed that his formerly cool big brother would rather study for the SATs than hang out with him.

On vacation, he spots a sleazy real estate agent (who happens to be an alien) selling Earth to a king and queen (who also happen to be aliens. After parking their alien spaceship for them with his mind, Giles finds out that human beings have lost their right to inhabit Earth because we’ve treated it so poorly… and we’re being evicted to the depressing, barren planet of Desoleen.

At this moment, you’re probably like, “Whaaaaaa is going on in this book?”

It’s okay. That’s how I felt, too… so I read on! Here are just a few hijinks and crazy characters Giles encounters:

  • He has only three days to clean up an island. The island of Manhattan. Or it’s off to Desoleen the human race goes!
  • In the three days, Giles is only allowed to have two other human kids to help him.
  • And there’s an evil human bully and an evil alien bully trying to thwart his every move.
  • So thankfully, he’s got a blue alien lawyer named Tula (that he has a giant teensy crush on) to help him out.
  • Along with an army of alien androids that eventually transform into trees.
  • And other alien inventions at his disposal… like a flea-sized flyplane that runs on rhymes. So it’s a good thing Giles is a Warrior Poet.
  • And much, much more!

So today, on Earth Day, I stayed in with this wacky book and thought, if Giles is going through such great lengths to save Earth for humans, then we should too! So, what did you do for Earth Day?

— Nancy

Nancy was determined to use as little electricity as possible today, which resulted in eating cold pizza. Yum… cold pizza.

One Response

  • Emma writes:
    February 25th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I love to clean the earth

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