Synposis: The story starts with crop circles that magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. Gilbert Sullivan, a young Nebraska boy,often has unusual dreams right before the crop circles. One night, awakened by the returning dream, he hears his parents arguing while investigating a mysterious light through his telescope and makes a wish to be taken far away. Curious, Gilbert sneaks out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force. With some death defying flying, they slip pass the Air Force and land safely on Mars.
The graphics that accompanied this book were amazing. They reminded me of picture stills of an animated cartoon. They are very appealing to the eye and were placed strategically throughout the novel. Gilbert’s urge to flee the ugliness of home and thoughts of divorce was understandable. Even though I was an adult when my parents parted ways, it wasn’t a smooth mindset adjustment. I did think some of the words used were too sophisticated for the target age group but otherwise was a cute story that kids will enjoy reading.