Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

A spaceship crashes in the backyard ...

A little green alien emerges...

Smiles are exchanged...

and...

A new friendship begins.



Your Alien written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita (published by Sterling Children's Books) is a beautiful book about the joy of true friendship.  The two new friends are followed throughout a day.  The little boy's parents don't really pay attention to what they are agreeing, his classmates are delighted by their visitor and his teacher can't quite believe her eyes.  Exploring together after school and sharing dinner help to expand and strengthen this new friendship. Until bedtime...

This is when the true meaning of friendship is tested and when the little boy "knows exactly what the alien needs". He does everything that he possibly can to take care of his new friend.  

Sauer's simple, warm text and Fujita's playful use of light and darkness create a gorgeous story that pulls you in, hugs you and melts your heart.