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Gr 6–10—This manga was created by the same author/illustrator of "Dragon Ball Z," and it includes a chapter revealing the secret of Goku's origins, so it will already have a built-in audience. But even for readers who aren't already fans or aren't emotionally invested in Goku, this is still an enjoyable story that stands on its own. Alien Jaco's ship accidentally hits our moon (he was distracted watching a video) and then lands on Earth near an island that's occupied by a retired scientist named Omori. The narrative is filled with light humour but also has darker elements. Jaco wants to beat up any humans he thinks exhibit rude behaviour, and he has an extinction bomb that he might or might not use to kill all the humans on the planet. He's also consumed with how cool he looksand spends a lot of time shouting about who he is and then posing dramatically. The illustrations are cartoony and cute, and the decision to introduce different characters by having them pose like Jaco is hilarious and inspired. VERDICT A very adorable fantasy that will be appreciated by humour and manga fans.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

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About the Author

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular Dr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1, and most recently, Blue Dragon. His recent manga works include COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin, and a children's book, Toccio the Angel. He lives with his family in Japan.

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