Aliens Are Coming!

The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

By McCarthy, Meghan

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ISBN
978-0-37583-518-6 978-0-37593-518-3
Publisher
Knopf


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2006

Gr 3-6 In this picture-book account of the 1938 broadcast of Orson Welles's adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel, the author employs several creative methods to transport readers back to the heyday of radio. She leads into the story with a punchy introduction to the period, which is delivered in the form of a speech bubble by a smiling radio announcer. From there, black-and-white illustrations depict a family listening to an ordinary broadcast, which is interrupted by reports of an alien invasion. For the rest o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2006

Though her illustrations of rocket ships and meteorites put one in mind of the usual aliens-visiting-Earth picture book, McCarthy's actual subject is the 1938 radio play that convinced many listeners there was a real invasion. Introductory pages explain why many people might have been fooled: "Hey, kids! Did you know that in the 1930s most Americans did not own TVs?" Black-and-white paintings in McCarthy's simple broad-brush st...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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