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Summary: Our young narrator wants to dispel the myth that aliens are "little green men." He takes us on a journey through his house and yard to introduce the aliens we see every day. This is a bilingual picture book.
Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child. Also read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: 4YO: It took lots of attempts to get through this book just once. Our insect-loving explorer would rather read other adventures.
8YO: She loved the story and kept looking for the little boy on every page. She liked exploring what was going on in the background.
Adult Reader Reaction: 4YO's parents: The story didn't do much for us, either, so we can't really blame our preschooler.
8YO's parents: Some of the pictures - like the mosquitoes on the boy's face - were a little creepy. The dark illustrations add ominousness to the book without being too scary for young readers.
Pros: The story brings the idea of aliens "down to earth" in a way that encourages exploring. The dark illustrations complement the theme very well.
Cons: The thick bold lettering seems to overpower the page. It would have been nice to have insect names in the vocabulary list at the back.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This one is going to be a matter of taste. Boys will probably love its creepiness. All in all, there are other, better bilingual books and stories that will appeal to young bug lovers and explorers.