Thursday, 1 March 2012

Welcome to Alien School by Caryl Heart and Ed Eaves (Childrens, Picture book, 10E/10E)

March 2012, Simon and Schuster
32 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: travelling to school, finding lessons hard, being new to people, physical differences, life in space, friendship, the ordinary made extraordinary, lots of laughs

Summary from Simon and Schuster 
When, one morning, Mum calls Albie for school, he really doesn't want to go, He's too busy playing space rescues with his toys. But, when Albie steps into the playground, he quickly realizes that this isn't any old school. It's Alien School and there's a big, shaggy alien heading in his direction!
Join Albie as he makes intergalactic friends, enjoys space-ghetti at the school canteen and rides on space scooters - school has never been so much fun!

Nayuleska's thoughts 
I loved how the story started off as something readers would recognise, then leads into a realm literally out of this world. What made it such a fun read were the brightly coloured aliens and little extra touches like planets on the school bags and spaceship on the cereal box. I hate human maths, but alien maths is a cool concept I'd love to learn about!

Suggested readWith equally bright illustrations and lots of drama, try Monster Baby by Lee Carr (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E)

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