This story is centered on the humorous experiences of Xalien, Sarah, Adam and Jessica. On the surface, the three children immediately accept Xalien despite obvious differences. They help Xalien blend in with other people on earth and have fun at the same time. They discover there are more differences than the obvious also. They guide Xalien in manners, how to greet one another and how to eat, for example.
The four of them go to a fair and have many experiences new to Xalien: rides, treats, and a petting zoo. I was worried that Xalien might think the animals were food, I am glad I had nothing to worry about. They had great fun.
Upon returning home the lessons continued, spaghetti was an interesting challenge. Xalien learned that children do not sleep hanging upside down in a closet or wardrobe.
In the middle of the night, the rescue party arrived and Xalien tried to leave the house without disturbing the sleeping children. That plan failed because the children were able to wave goodbye when Xalien left earth for home.
This is a wonderful story accompanied by delightful illustrations. I think the collaboration of Michelle and Charlotte is brilliant. The pictures are large and easy to grasp, yet rich in detail to engage all ages.
I asked my seven year old granddaughter to read the story to me, I knew some of the words might challenge her, she sounded many of them out and I explained some of them to her. She said she liked the story a lot.
I think children of all ages will enjoy this story when read to them, it is a marvelous exercise in accepting differences in others. I am glad there are several books in the series.
I rate this 4.5/5 stars!
The book is available on Amazon, and is published by Rowanvale Books.