The book, “Alien in My Pocket – Ohm vs. Amp” is an entertaining novel that even humored me, a ten year old that is hard to make laugh. This story, by author Nate Ball, is a funny tale about an alien named Amp. Amp is a free-spirited alien (blue, and only four inches tall!) whose spaceship crash-landed in Zack’s bedroom. Do you believe lightning can strike the same spot twice? How about an alien spaceship? Well, that is exactly what happens when Amp’s commander, Ohm, a bossy leader, also crash lands his space ship in the exact same spot as Amp! Lots of chaos ensues.
The attempt to send the aliens back home was pretty funny. Olivia, Zack’s impulsive female friend creates a deadly marshmallow cannon that comes into play when she tries to shoot the aliens into outer space with the cannon (how rude!). When that fails, they continue with other methods, but you’ll have to read the book to see what they tried, if any of them succeeded, or if Amp and Ohm are still wandering Earth.
Zack and Olivia have to help protect Amp and Ohm from getting caught by other humans. However it seems like Zack’s mom has eyes in the back of her head (it’s a metaphor). Will she discover the aliens?
My favorite part of the book was when Amp crash-landed in Zack’s bedroom because it was the most exciting. With only 144 pages, this is one of those books that is a quick read but still good. However, in my opinion, the book was a bit too short. The author could have expanded on pictures and put in more funny events. For example, the author could have included details about alien life before the crash. I also have no idea if Amp has family on Erdia desperately missing him back home. What does Erdia look like? It would be nice to know what Erdia was like compared to Earth.
This is a good story for 7-13 year olds. Younger or older people would not understand it or find it interesting. All in all, this is a funny book for younger people. This is the fifth book in the series, and there are now seven books in total.