Mission One is a cute and incredibly charming story of Auggie, a nine year old half-alien, sent to earth to observe human behavior up close. His mission is to complete three goals in order to blend in with the other human children: To be invited to a sleepover, to go on a social outing with more than one friend, and to be invited to a birthday party. Though he looks like the average fourth grader, blending in isn't quite an easy task when he prefers electrical zaps as a meal rather than Grandma's pork chops, and when he shows up on the first day to class in his PJ's with the conveniently attached footies. Even though he's a genius to most kids' standards (maybe even some adults), there are still a lot of things he has to learn. Like when your annoyed teacher asks if you're trying to get smart with her, you probably shouldn't answer "Well, I'm certainly not trying to 'get stupid' with you. That would be counterproductive for both of us, don't you agree?"
Or when she asks who farted in class, it's best you don't tell her that she did it. ("The first who smelt it, dealt it."
- Left Hand Chuck, Auggie's best friend on the whole planet)
There are quite a lot of funny moments as Auggie attempts to accomplish his mission and get a hang of English slang. "It seemed like the English I had learned for years wasn't the same English Mrs. Malumrector was speaking."
I also really liked the message of this story, that it is ok to be different, and part of having others accept you is accepting yourself.
This is a really fun read for all ages, and I cannot wait to share this with my son in the future.