Tuesday, December 13, 2016

grandma's bookshelf - Your Alien Returns . . . & I'm Giving One Away!

A year and a half ago I was invited to review the book, Your Alien. (You'll find my review at this link.) I thought it was a fun story with great illustrations which children were sure to enjoy, so when I was recently invited to take a look at the "sequel", I was happy to say; "Yes!"

Your Alien Returns
Author - Tammi Sauer
Illustrator - Goro Fujita
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-8

Favorite Features -
  • Return of the fun characters - the alien and the boy!
  • Children will enjoy the "trip" into space to "visit" the alien's planet.
  • Once again encourages being thankful for your family and friends.
  • Wonderful illustrations.
Sterling Children's Books says; "When you least expect it, something special will get your attention. Your alien will be back. He will invite you over for a play date. Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet—and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.

Another fun story - creative follow-up to the original story - Your Alien. I especially liked the part about being polite when saying no thank you to snacks which stare back at you! I'm glad the cadence of the story is not as much like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but there is still a little of that - I'd really love the writer to find her how "voice" and cadence. And, there was part of the story which reminded me of the series, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, so again, I'd really love the author to find her own "voice", but overall, this is a fun story and my grandsons will enjoy it!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of Your Alien Returns for review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing - which will be on January 52017, please comment below to tell me something fun your grandchild/child might like to do with an alien friend . . . I think my grandsons would love to play in the yard, have water-balloon fights and play with their squirt guns!

In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win 
Your Alien Returns and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 

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