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Book Review: Alien In My Pocket #5 Ohm vs. Amp


Alien in My Pocket #5 Ohm vs. Amp written by Nate Ball and illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

About the Book: Zack and Amp get a serious surprise in the fifth installment of this intergalactic chapter book series by Nate Ball, the host of PBS’s Design Squad and Design Squad Nation. Zack and his alien friend, Amp, discover that leverage can be an Earth-saving thing when they build a rocket-launching atlatl!

Zack McGee’s life has been filled with trouble since Amp, a four-inch-tall alien scout, crash-landed into Zack’s bedroom. But now it’s Amp’s turn to be in the hot seat. When his commander, Ohm, arrives to take Amp back home, the aliens feud. Amp has to get his cranky counterpart off Earth before they all end up in a world of trouble!


  • ISBN: 9780062314895
  • ISBN 10: 0062314890
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 05/19/2015
  • Pages: 144
  • Cost: $4.99 and $15.99



My Review: Since Amp the Alien from outer space crash landed into Zack’ bedroom, it has been nothing but trouble. They constantly argue as they try to repair his ship. But apart from that they seem to get along well, spending time together watching scary movies and eating junk food.

But after receiving a signal from Amp’s ship the Erdians dispatched Ohm, Amp’s commander, to collect the stranded alien. Zack knew it was time for Amp to go back to his planet.

Now Zack with the help from his friend Olivia, have to come up with a solution on how to launch Ohm’s spaceship back to his planet. They think of ways to launch Ohm’s spaceship by showing the use of a tennis ball thrower.

Interesting to read about the level of science used in this book to help the little blue aliens get back to their plant.

  • the law of leverage to increase speed

The last few pages gives instructions on how to make a Atlatl. A Atlatl is a tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity. Do-It-Yourself Science Experiment included.

Will he be able to convince the Erdians not to invade earth and would he miss his blue alien friend? Great illustration by Macky Pamintuan which helps tell the story.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.








September 23, 2015 - Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I like that this book makes science and design concept a fun topic. This book will surely hold a young readers attention and spark their imagination. Its great that there is an experiment included too. .

    Comment by Merry | October 6, 2015 | Reply

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