This was a very enjoyable middle grade science fiction adventure, full of likable heroes and dastardly villains, dramatic fights, and a few good lessons as well….Filled with car chases, alien spaceships, monster attacks, and outer space tech.
The book touches on serious issues: the drug trade, violence, illegal weapons. In a slight (but well-deserved) jab at American laws, the antagonists are getting their guns from Walmart. Other species outlaw powerful weapons, and Shakespeare's pacifist culture doesn't even produce them. Shakespeare's philosophy about violence was one of the best parts of the story. While he considers the rest of his people a little naive for their inability to conceive of violence and for selling dangerous machinery to known villains without realizing how they're going to abuse it, he doesn't accept killing either. He'll rescue a man he thinks is a drug smuggler, because he's a person and it would be wrong to let him die. And like the other Dancers [a kind of alien], he solves problems through communication instead of violence. Even when talking it out won't work and he has to resort to trickery, he makes sure no unnecessary harm is done.
In addition to the strong morals and thrilling action, there's a little queerness too. Shakespeare's species doesn't have gender. Each individual has between three and seven parents, making Shakespeare's five average. He's mostly seen in the form of a male human, which is how Alex knows him best. Shakespeare's boss knows him best in the form of a female of her species, and so uses she/hers. The one other Dancer we see, one of Shakespeare's parents, is (a little disappointingly) referred to as he/him in the narration. This book was a lot of fun. There's things in it for both a young audience and an older one, and i recommend it to both.
I loved this sweet take on aliens. This book reminds me that not everyone is bad and not everyone is good. My favorite characters are all of them because they all have an important role to play throughout the book. My favorite parts are when the characters make jokes or talk about Dancers because it makes me start crying while laughing at the same time!
The action scenes were well written and dramatic. The adventurous side of the novel, especially the travelling aspect - to France- was a nice take on the holidays.
The best part of Aliens on Holidays is the morals that can be taken out of this. The characters, especially Tiva, ensures the message of peace and a non-violent take on conflict.highly recommended.
Aliens on Holiday is both funny and exciting, as the characters have to deal with communication difficulties whilst trying to save the world. Bradshaw has been very imaginative when creating her aliens and has thought up concepts that are unique and interesting to the child-like minds of the readers. …Overall, Aliens on Holiday is the perfect work of fiction for the child or young teenager interested in action, science and aliens.