Archer and Zowie (Full Color Cover)
Hans Bluedorn, of The Fallacy Detective, has written again. This time he tackles science fiction, friendship, and outer space. There's stuff in here about dark matter, teleporting microwaves, babysitters, and pastrami sandwiches, too. All with a characteristic, comedy-of-the-absurd, humor.
This is the story of Archer and Zowie: two mismatched kids who build a rocket ship out of a tree house, leave Earth to travel through deep, uncharted space, and promptly crash on a distant planet. The children wander through an alien world searching for their psychotic teleporting microwave, learning about friendship, and trying to get home.
This middle grade novel has the character and practicality of Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books, with the wild imagination of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Some other of Hans' inspirations for Archer and Zowie were Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comics, Madeleine L' Engle's A Wrinkle in Time and C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.
Archer and Zowie contains 40 lively illustrations drawn by the author.