The "Animorphs" series

Style: Weak

Attitude: Unobjectionable → Fairly Positive

In Brief: Conventional young teenage pap. Some redeeming features based on the friendship between the children and the occasional heroism displayed by them, their allies, or on one occasion one of their enemies. Mostly though black-or- white goody-baddy stuff with sporadic moralising.

Cover of The "Animorphs" series

Author: Katherine Applegate

Publisher: Scholastic

Age Range: Pre Teens

Period: Contemporary

Genres:  AdventureSciFi


Half-a-dozen youngsters witness the crash of a flying saucer and are given the power to take on the body of any animal they can touch by the Andalite pilot before he is killed by his arch enemy Visser Three of the alien Yeerks: slugs who take over other creatures' bodies.This is the stuff of conventional goody-baddy sci-fi. The sentences are short, the words easy, the humour conventional teenage sarcasm and sneering. Each child has a particular characteristic (concern, daring, &c) all of which make for a great team etc. etc. But you've heard it all before.

Tuesday 1st January 2002