For someone who didn't read a lot of science fiction back in the early 90s, The Magic Rocket does seem a little clichéd with the appearance of the alien and his space craft, but I am amused that it takes the reader into a high speed chase with a flying saucer. Sadly though, I have to admit that the actual story didn't really hold my attention. I was able to skim through the pages and get what was going one just by looking at the pictures. Yes it's a childrens book, but that doesn't mean the story shouldn't be engaging the story, driving them to read more. Especially considering this is targeted for early readers. The previous three books were easily able to hold my attention, but this forth one didn't really keep my interest.