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Author: Lynn Huggins-Cooper

Illustrator: Bonnie Leick

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Publisher: Raven Tree Press, LLC,

Material: hard cover

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TITO, THE FIREFIGHTER TITO, EL BOMBERO   BEETLE BEDLAM   THE INSECT BOOK; A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children

Educational Themes: The story makes it easy to grab a magnifying glass and search for insects and other miniature creatures.

Notes: Publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature, bilingual book, Spanish

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2006, August 2010

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