Teen Review: everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
Review by Naomi Monower, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group
At first glance, everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too may confuse you, with the incorrect spelling and the childish drawings. However, once you truly decipher this novel it’s quite amazing. This book is about an alien named Jomny who was sent to Earth to investigate humans. Although, instead of landing in a human populated area, Jomney lands in the wilderness. In the wild he makes friends with the animals, plants and creatures of Earth that are all facing difficulties. Some of the creatures he meets include a bear that is tired of people being scared of him, an egg that is struggling to figure out what it is, and a tree that is dealing with loneliness. This novel follows Jomney during his time on Earth and we watch his friendships with the Earth creatures develop.
This book may seem a little plain but the reason it’s so good is because although Jomny is writing in childish language and is doing the most simple things, we learn many life lessons from him and the things surrounding him. Jomny is a just an average alien who never felt belonging with the other aliens but he truly clicked with all of Earth’s creatures. Every animal, plant or creature he meets has a lesson to teach the readers. Take the egg for example. The egg’s lesson is that you can be anything you want to be and you can choose to do whatever you would like. The egg shows this by being confused and stressed throughout the whole novel of having no identity. His friends such as the tadpole evolved into a frog and the caterpillar turned into a butterfly, but the egg just wasn’t hatching. After a journey of self identity the egg realizes it can be whatever it wants at the moment and there’s no one to stop him. And so it decides to be a frog with the help of his frog friend.
I would recommend this book to teens specifically, as it is so easy and fun to read yet the messages are easy to grasp as well. The topics this book covers are self love, self identity, kindness, happiness and so much more. The characters are so easy to get attached to, the concepts are relatable, and the illustrations are simply incredible. I would rate this book an 11/10! It’s so great on every level, so don’t miss out and find a way to get this book in your hands.