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by marjorieingall on January 6, 2011

Hush Little Alien by Daniel Kirk is out of print?? SO SO SO WRONG.

This was one of Josie’s favorite board books as a baby. More importantly, it easily passes the parental “can I read this aloud eight million times without having to kill myself” test. The art is adorable without being puke-inducing and the rhyme/song/plot are engaging. (There’s a reason old folksongs are good jumping-off points for little-kid books. The rhyme, the short lines, the sing-songiness, the musical repetitiveness all keep their attention despite their teeny attention spans. Plus in this case: Aliens!)

Josie’s fave picture was the astronaut punching the big alien in the face. (I’m making this book sound way more violent than it is. The punch is more of a cranky pop. I swear the book is sweet and loving, about a little alien taking a trip with his or her daddy. Gender neutral protagonist: also good!) ┬áJosie would stab a chubby finger at the page and say “Boy! No fightin’!” Good times.

Not to overanalyze, but another fab thing about the book is that the little alien has way more agency than the passive baby in the original folksong. I don’t want to spoil it for you or your progeny (there are used copies available on the Interwebs), but in this version, the little alien makes a mistake and the big alien not only forgives, but gives him/her/it┬áthe tools to correct it him/her/itself. Great lesson for the wee.

Hyperion! Somebody! GET THIS MODERN CLASSIC BACK INTO PRINT! I WILL BUY COPIES FOR EVERY NEW BABY I KNOW!

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