Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature – Nathan W. Pyle


             Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature – Nathan W. Pyle, Harper, (9780063049741), 2021

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? A couple of aliens awake from their “rest slabs” to start the day. The Lifegiver (parent) gives the young one “criss-cross floppers with sweet-sauce (waffles with maple syrup) on top for breakfast.  The parent is concerned about a creature prowling about the house that is “covered with thousands of soft fibers and its mouth stones ARE SHARP!”.  The simple digital illustrations, outlined in black and drawn in Procreate, appear on a pink background with the only other colors being shades of blue and white.  The typeface is very large and looks hand-written.  As the aliens examine the strange creature’s actions they observe it “climb the group-soft-seat (couch) with its deathblades.” The aliens record their observations with little drawings of the actions they are observing.  Kids will find the alien descriptions of common items hilarious as they realise just what the aliens are talking about.

Totally adorable.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Nothing.

To whom would you recommend this book? #1: Cat lovers.  If you don’t have a cat, haven’t had a cat or don’t know any cats, you might not understand how special and funny this book is.

Who should buy this book? Day-cares, families with young children, kindergartens and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? for cat lovers, yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Administrator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  7/23/2021

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