Why celebrate aliens? Mostly, because they are intriguing, creative, and keep our imaginations engaged. It seemed to be too much of a coincidence that two of our favorite new books deal with our other-worldly counterparts. So curl up with a (nearly) wordless picture book–or a longer novel–and take yourself out of this world!
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Mr. Wuffles has devoted owners who provide him with lots of fancy cat toys. Mixed in with these toys is the one plaything that intrigues our feline friend–a tiny metal spaceship that happens to be filled with alien space travelers. He bats them around, though they do manage to escape injury. Alas, not so their ship. Luckily, they meet friendly house insects who communicate with them through various symbols, help them repair their ship, and save them from the probing claws of Mr. Wuffles. I love the cryptographic alphabet, which elementary age kids could decipher and explore. Fun to think about a side-by-side unknown world unfolding without our knowledge, too. Wonderful illustrations, sly humor, and a great tale.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
How does a family end up with no milk for their breakfast? Hint: their mother has been called out of town and Dad is in charge. Not only is their no milk for their cereal, but none for dad’s tea, so off he goes on what turns out to be an fantastic and outrageous adventure. He is gone so long that the family is worried–but then gratified when they hear the tale of his adventures procuring the milk. These (mis)adventures include time-travel, aliens (of course), pirates, ponies. . .and incredible machines like the Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier. Charming, even for those who are lactose-intolerant. A terrific read-aloud, too.