#1004 – Your Alien Returns by Tammi Sauer and Goro Fujita

coversm Your Alien Returns
Written by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Goro Fujita
Sterling Children’s Books  10/01/2016
978-1-4549-1130-2
40 pages  Ages 4—8

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“When you least expect it, something special will get your attention. Your alien will be back. He will invite you over for a playdate. You will have fun on your alien’s planet . . . until you feel a little alienated. Can your out-of-this-world best friend help you feel at home? This touching sequel to Your Alien will win the heart of any reader who has ever been a bit out of place.” [INSIDE JACKET]

Review
One bright morning, you will wake up to find your alien friend has returned. There in your window will be an invite for an out-of-this-world playdate. After a unique ride to your friend’s home, you will have the chance to learn just how he lives. Your alien friend is similar to yourself. You enjoy snacks, share toys, build a fantastic fort, meet his friends, and try to blend in with the numerous aliens. You will play games—messing up one entirely—and find out how forgiving your alien truly is. When it is time to leave, you know you and your alien will meet again. After trying to explain to your family how fascinating your day had been, you get ready for bed only to find one last greeting from your alien friend, “Bleep!”
yar-spread-1Your Alien Returns brings back the young boy and his alien friend from the hit picture book, Your Alien. In Your Alien, the little green boy in a white jumpsuit crash-landed on a young earth-boy’s front lawn. After spending the day with the young boy, including school and meeting his friends, the alien got homesick. The little green-skinned alien has returned for a new playdate in Your Alien Returns. This time, the young earth-boy flies out to the alien’s home on a planet far from Earth.
your-alienIt is the aliens turn to be conscious of the earth-boy’s feelings and help him fit in with his friends. This is most true when the earth-boy makes a misplay on the biggest game of the day by kicking the game piece into space—a kin to knocking a ball over the fence into a crabby women’s backyard, knowing you will never see the ball again. This upsets the rather large number of alien kids playing the game and makes the earth-boy feel terrible. The alien-boy makes his friend feel better and then finds a way to get everyone happily playing again.
yar-spread-2The importance of friendship and friends being conscious of each other’s feelings continues in this astonishing sequel. Whether the friends are from two different planets or from different neighborhoods, it is possible to be best friends and fit in another’s world. Young children will love all the activity and action in each of the spreads. They will recognize some things, just as the earth-boy did, and other things will amaze them. Mostly, children will understand if two kids from different planets can find a way to be best friends, so can two kids from different cultures, neighborhoods, or schools. It matters not the color of their skin or the place where they each live.
yar-spread-3The power of friendship once again transforms the distance between a little green boy and his earth friend. Your Alien Returns gleefully captures the unusual friendship, helping young children begin to understand and accept diversity.

YOUR ALIEN RETURNS. Text and illustrations copyright © 2016 by Tammi Sauer. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Goro Fujita. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Sterling Children’s Books, New York, NY.

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Reprinted with permission from YOUR ALIEN RETURNS © 2016 by Tammi Sauer, Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, Illustrations © 2016 by Goro Fujita.

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Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved

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Your Alien Returns
Written by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Goro Fujita
Sterling Children’s Books 10/01/2016
9781454911302

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