Marty by Rachel Noble, illustrated by Zoe Abbott

Marty by Rachel Noble, illustrated by Zoe Abbott. Holiday House, 2021. 9780823446629 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover 

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? Marty, short for Martian, is a misfit. He’s spent his years on Earth wearing multiple disguises in order not to stand out as he knows that humans are afraid of Martians and his life on Earth would be ruined if he were ever discovered. Eventually, of course, Marty’s cover is blown by a rock star appearance at a local concert and Marty is forced to go into hiding. When young Jake finds Marty’s hiding place he convinces him to come out so they can find a home where Marty can be himself. Marty goes home with Jake and begins a new life as a regular, ordinary kid.

Anything you didn’t like about it? This is not the first plotline to involve an alien trying to remain “unseen” on earth (think E.T.) but it’s a cute addition to the mix. 

To whom would you recommend this book?  There are many, many read-alikes including E.T. and even a series called First Graders from Mars by Shana Corey. I’d recommend it to any youngster who likes fun and funny picture books about cute and harmless aliens. 

Who should buy this book? It’s definitely for the younger crowd – pre-school, kindergarten, and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Pam WattsFlavin, Head of Children’s Services, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 23, 2021

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