Earth to Audrey
Illustrator: Stephane Poulin
Published by: Kids Can Press Ltd
Age: 4 and up
Theme: power of friendship, imagination, discovery
First Line: The first time I saw Audrey, I almost didn’t. The next time I saw her, she was sending signals. There couldn’t have been anyone up there answering back… could there?
Synopsis: From the front jacket-flap- Audrey comes into Ray’s life like an earthbound star. Everything about her is a bit far-out. And she always seems to be in her own little world. So Ray decides that this unusual girl who has dropped into his neighbourhood for the summer must be an alien. As the two become friends, Audrey takes Ray on a journey of discovery – one that enables him to see his own planet in a new light. Now Ray can’t imagine life on Earth without her. Can he convince his new friend to stay?
Susan Hughes’ touching, gently humorous story and Stephane Poulin’s evocative and surreal illustrations perfectly capture one summer in the lives of two lonely dreamers and the very special friendship that emerges between them.
Why I like this: I loved the way Audrey shows Ray how she sees Earth and he believes her to be an alien with her unusual activities and actions. Although this seemed to have more words than a normal picture book I was hooked from the first page of this tender tale. The beautiful oil illustrations in backdrop of dark blue-greens are fun and interesting. Like stepping out at dusk into a world to dream in.
Resources/Findings: couldn’t find any resources to go with this book but I did find a couple of lovely websites. This one is on games for young ones to build friendships. They are fun…. http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/friendship-games-kids-play-11803.html
A great website for kids to learn about the Earth… http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/earth.html
Lots of things about space and the planets here for kids… http://www.planetsforkids.org/planet-earth.html
Pop over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.