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Hush, little alien
Kirk, Daniel.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
In this adaptation of the old lullaby, Hush, little baby, an extraterrestrial child is promised an assortment of outer space presents ending with a goodnight kiss from his adoring father.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 26648 Guided reading level: NR.

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Hamburg Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Now all children will have the opportunity to see how "others" are put to bed by parents around the universe, as a sleepy little alien takes everything from goonie birds to rocket ships on his journey through the night. Your earthling child may never want the standard lullaby again, but instead may prefer the comfort and camaraderie of other intelligent life forms.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Taking off from the folk song, "Hush, Little Baby," this picture book is sung to the same tune, but with different words: "Hush little alien, don't say a word, / Papa's gonna catch you a goonie bird. / If that goonie bird flies too far, / Papa's gonna lasso you a shooting star," and so on, with gifts such as a laser, an astronaut, and a rocket ship. For all its space-age ideas, this picture book has a bit of a retro feel, like the term space-age itself. If the subject matter sounds scary for bedtime reading, you haven't seen these space creatures. The little alien child is a sympathetic character with large, friendly eyes, and the story ends with his doting papa tucking him in and kissing him good night. The illustrations, too, have a gentle feeling, with rounded shapes and softly shaded colors. A parody that even little children can enjoy. --Carolyn Phelan

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This extraterrestrial adaptation of the lullaby features chartreuse-colored, four-armed aliens. All of the traditional elements are replaced with new items, such as a goonie bird instead of a mockingbird, and a shooting star in place of a diamond ring. The bright cartoon illustrations and bold lines give the book a retro look, suggesting early sci-fi toys. Some of the touches are genuinely humorous, such as the "toy" astronaut from a nearby space shuttle, and the illustrations of the Milky Way (a huge assortment of baby bottles, sippy cups, and milk cartons of all sizes). By the time the little alien uses his new tool belt to build a rocket ship, kids will be wholly won over. The expressions on the faces of the father and child alien show that a parent's love and a youngster's delight are truly universal. A pleasing story with loads of child appeal.-Kathleen M. Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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