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Your Alien Returns Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—A boy is given a taste of another way of life when the small green creature first introduced in Your Alien returns and invites him to outer space for a playdate. Far away from planet Earth, watermelon is blue, toys float, and the forest resembles a circus of rides. The boy tries to fit in with the alien's Minion-like friends, but things don't go as he'd like. Although homesickness exists in space, too, the boy learns it's only temporary when you have an understanding friend by your side. Fujita's digital illustrations resemble a desert landscape where everything is rounded, including the aliens. VERDICT Whether read as a stand-alone or as a sequel to Your Alien, this story exemplifies the feelings associated with being different and far from home.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, Alta.
*“Not since E.T. has extraterrestrial entertainment stood such a good chance of making kids (and their parents) tear up.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
*“[A] sweet tale of interplanetary friendship . . . Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A tender and playful look at the meaning of home—with aliens!” —School Library Journal
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After shooting back off into space in the first book of this series, the alien has finally returned. This time, he has one word in mind - Play! Goodbye Earth and say hello to a whimsical alien planet, where life holds all sorts of wonders.
The sad parting of book one rebounds into warmth and friendship in this book--something I was glad to see. The alien is back and even livelier and cuter than before. It's off to an alien planet where imagination and fun are key. The adventure of discovering something new shines in these pages with quirky and wonderful ideas. It's just the kind of read which spawns imagination and invites kids to reach for the unexpected.
There is also heart in this book. Friendship, support and encouragement are messages which come across in lovely ways. It also reminds that when discovering something new, things may not always work out as hoped or planned and misunderstandings can occur with new friends too.
The illustrations are bright and modern. Each page holds something new and will invite kids to flip through the book time and again. The aliens are simply hug-able.
Summed up, this is a sweet book for space dreamers ages 3+ and will work great as a real aloud or simply for kids to explore on their own.
Although I was going to give this 4-stars, my kids absolutely adored the book, which makes it a definite 5-star read.
I received a complimentary copy and thought it was so fun that I wanted to leave my thoughts here.
Your Alien Returns
Author - Tammi Sauer
Illustrator - Goro Fujita
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-8
Favorite Features -
Return of the fun characters - the alien and the boy!
Children will enjoy the "trip" into space to "visit" the alien's planet.
Once again encourages being thankful for your family and friends.
Sterling Children's Books says; "When you least expect it, something special will get your attention. Your alien will be back. He will invite you over for a play date. Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet—and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives."
Another fun story - creative follow-up to the original story - Your Alien. I especially liked the part about being polite when saying no thank you to snacks which stare back at you! I'm glad the cadence of the story is not as much like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but there is still a little of that - I'd really love the writer to find her how "voice" and cadence. And, there was part of the story which reminded me of the series, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, so again, I'd really love the author to find her own "voice", but overall, this is a fun story and my grandsons will enjoy it!