Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

Your Alien

Written by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Goro Fujita


Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighbourhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very, very sad. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe, no matter who or where you are.


It's best-friendship at first contact after a flying saucer crashes outside a boy's house, and a Little Green Man with a white jumpsuit and a snaggletoothed smile emerges. In second-person narration that has an understated tenderness, Sauer (Nugget and Fang) follows the two through the day. The boy's parents don't notice the new arrival, his classmates are mesmerized, and 'As for your teacher? She'll think she needs new glasses.

, he has a real way with light; the passage of time is almost tangible in the way sunlight streams through windows or wanes as the friends race down a hill flying a kite. And when the alien's homesickness sets in, it's light--specifically every light in the boy's house, as well as 'a few extras here and there

--that attracts the attention of two green parents eager to find their child. Not since E.T. has extraterrestrial entertainment stood such a good chance of making kids (and their parents) tear up. Ages 3-up. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Even aliens need hugs!

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't notice what they are agreeing to. The alien enjoys school (though the class bunny makes him nervous). He helps his human friend see the world in new ways...but before long, the boy notices his alien wistfully staring out the window. Nothing seems to make him happy, but a hug helps a little (and gives the boy a clue to what might be wrong with his new friend). Turning all the house lights on draws attention from outer space, and 'the reunion scene will be out of this world.'

's the boy who is wistful. Fortunately, something wonderful (in the form of parental hugging) comes his way again. Sauer's sweet tale of interplanetary friendship makes terrific use of second-person narration. Young listeners will identify with the young protagonist whether they have dreamed of having an alien best friend or not (but really, who hasn't?). Fujita's digitally created cartoon illustrations have the appearance of acrylic paintings and augment the gentle humor of the simple tale.

Even aliens need hugs!

Will likely inspire preschoolers to stare hopefully heavenward looking for their own close encounters. Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)'

About the Author

Tammi Sauer is a former teacher and library media specialist who is highly involved in the children's book community. Her many popular picture books include Cowboy Camp (9781454913603), Chicken Dance, Bawk Roll, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma. Visit Tammi online at Goro Fujita was born in Japan and moved with his family to Germany when he was three years old. He was fascinated by drawing ever since he was a little child. In 2008 he moved to San Jose, California, where he works as a book illustrator and visual development artist on feature films. Rumour has it that aliens taught him how to paint. Visit Goro online at

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32 pages


Tammi Sauer
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Sterling an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co Inc

Publication date

4th August 2015



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