The Field Guide To Aliens


From the Mulchon to the Andromedan Hexaped, everything you need to know about "intergalactice worrywarts, bubbleonauts, silver-slurbers, and other extraterrestrials" is provided in this one, slim volume.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Large illustrations, clever names, and fun facts will keep kids turning the pages to learn more about aliens - some familiar, some brand new to them.

Content Awareness Factors:

While I think our daughter was being a lazy reader, I am disappointed that there isn't a little more white space on the page. A reluctant reader will dig in, a remedial reader won't! But this is a perfect type of book for both of those audiences.

Young Reader Reaction

There were lots of "yuck" and "what's that" from our daughter. She would read a bit look at the pictures, and then ask us to read. She said there was "too much writing" for her.

Parent Reaction

This is a book the whole family can enjoy, and I love that you don't have to do it "all" in one sitting. There is lots of clever information with layers that parents will enjoy and "get" more than their kids (like the cassette labeled 'disco').

Type of Book:
Fact sheets, photos and illustrations are part of these biographies of aliens.
Educational Themes:

Given the structure of the book, it can serve as a great model for kids to create their own extraterrestrial creatures and build a biography about them. These go beyond the basic physical descriptions to include personality, which adds a great dimension for kids to write about.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 10
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Lots of fun; I'm just not sure about its shelf life long term. Definitely consider buying for boys who liked aliens and extraterrestrial stuff. I might even pair it with the movie Men in Black.

Title The Field Guide to Aliens
Author Johan Olander
Publisher Two Lions © 2010
Illustrators Johan Olander
ISBN 9780761455943
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
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