Aliens Are Coming!

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Aliens Are Coming!

The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

By Meghan McCarthy

Dragonfly Books, Paperback, 9780385736787, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2009


A picture-book account of one of the most famous pieces of radio history!

* “Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. The author closes with a substantial note that analyzes the broadcast’ immediate and long-term effects, points out that the announcers repeatedly admitted that they were presenting a drama during the broadcast, mentions several later revivals here and internationally and notes the response of H.G. Wells himself to the original production. She has also set up an invitingly designed Web site with an array of relevant links.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

An ALA–ALSC Notable Children’s Book

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

An IRA–CBC Children’s Choice

Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice

A 2006 New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

About the Author
Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including "Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs"; "Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton"; "Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum"; "City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male"; and "Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse". A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at