Your Alien by Tammi Sauer
Illusatrations by Gorō Fujita
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Release Date: August 4, 2015
When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, they immediately strike up a friendship. Together they explore the neighborhood, go to school, and have many adventures. Not even a great friendship can cure an alien who is homesick though. The little boys knows what he must do in order to help his friend, even if it means having to say goodbye.
This classic alien friendship story written in second-person point of view has all the fun of Home and the pathos of Earth to Echo and E.T.. As a young child, one of the hardest things to learn about friendship is how to help someone when they are sad, sick, or lonely. Some children possess this empathy naturally while others need a bit more help in knowing what is the right thing to do when their friend is sad or homesick. On the flip side, this would also make a good book for children who experience homesickness often whether that be because they stay away from home often (babysitters, grandparents, split families) or because they miss something even bigger due to a move or change in circumstances. The illustrations are lovely and help convey the close bond between this child and his alien friend as well as the familial ties that bind us to one another.