Library Journal Review
Gr 3-5-Happy "Hap" Conklin Jr. is not your average 10-year-old. For one, he has to shave his beard three times a day. His father is the inventor of a ton of wacky gizmos and gadgets, and each of his five sisters are weird in their own right-one of them can see the future. Meanwhile, his mean and maniacal grandmother wants to take over the galaxy. Hap's plan is to get rid of his grandma, but he accidentally winds up selling his entire family to aliens. Strange and original with just the right amount of juvenile humor, this story features odd and endearing characters and a wonderfully weird plot. Hap and his family are a delightful cross between dysfunctional and perfectly loving. VERDICT A fun addition to middle grade collections in need of goofy humor.-Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Having neglected to read the fine print, young Happy Conklin Jr. discovers that he's signed away his whole family, instead of just his evil grandma, to alien Gubbins for a Wrastlinsanity death match in a galactic arena. Since he likes his parents and four (at least) of his five sisters, a rescue is in order. Unfortunately, before she's taken, Happy's sister Kayla, who can see into multiple futures, tells him that anything he does will almost certainly end badly. Nonetheless, off he stumbles on the way to a climactic tag-team bout (along with, of all people, his grandma) against a giant fangy eel monster. As a fifth-grader who has to shave three times a day he was a test subject for one of his inventor dad's experiments Hap is nonetheless far from the only oddball member in a notably quirky cast. Readers will be likewise amused by the random twists, silly inventions, and frequent spot drawings and sequential panels that New Yorker cartoonist Noth weaves into his droll, if occasionally surreal, debut.--Peters, John Copyright 2018 Booklist