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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
A challenging event in some children's lives is when they become older siblings for the first time. Anita Zurbrugg has put a humorous twist on this life passage in her book My Brother is an Alien. In this rhyming text, a young boy is sure that the creature who wears a mask over his lips (a pacifier) is an alien. He is determined not to fall under his spell, like his parents and grandparents. He implements a plan to learn all he can about the alien to send him back to his home planet. Will he succeed in convincing his parents that his brother is an alien, or will he have a change of heart?
My Brother is an Alien will be welcomed by families that are expecting a new addition or have recently expanded. Anita Zurbrugg has captured the emotions and bewilderment that many older siblings have when a new baby enters their life. The humor in the story is quite fun, especially in the descriptions of the home planet. The illustrations add to the laugh-out-loud quality of the story. I love the tinfoil hat he dons to protect himself from his alien brother. The best illustration is the last one that has a little surprise for those who look closely. Older siblings will recognize the scenarios that are depicted and enjoy seeing the green slime oozing down the wall. My Brother is an Alien is a fun and sweet addition to the canon of literature on new babies in the family.