One of Aidan’s favourite series of books has to be local writer Melanie Lee’s The Adventures of Squirky the Alien.
I am not sure if he truly understands the meaning behind the books, which traces the journey of Squirky the alien as he zips off into the galaxy in search of his birth parents. But the emotional themes – the unconditional parental love, birth or adoptive; and the desire to uncover our roots – seem to resonate with him. He is quite affected by the illustrations and descriptions of Squirky and Emma (his adoptive sister) feeling sad, for instance, and is always asking me why they are crying.
Which makes the latest book in the series, The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #5: How Do You Get To The Garden Galaxy?, even more gut-wrenching! Without giving away the details, let’s just say that Squirky manages to track down the whereabouts of his birth parents and makes a huge, huge decision – one that gave me all the sads. I was pretty gutted!
What I love about the series is that it is so chock full of teachable moments to little people, and it is done in such a simple manner. For instance, when we were reading book #4 Where is my Mama, and came to the part where Squirky, Emma and Mr Quentin decided to help Crystal find her mother, we explained to him that we should always be people who could help, if we are ever in the position to do so.
Book #5 ended with the cliffhanger and now I can’t wait for Melanie to finish writing the next one so I know what the ending will be.
Melanie has generously agreed to give away books 1 to 5 of The Adventures of Squirky the Alien to ONE LUCKY READER. That’s right, all five books can be yours! All you need to do is to complete the following steps.
During the March holidays, Squirky will be visiting the following book stores. Do drop by and say hi!
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Disclaimer: We were given the book for purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.