Strange Planet

Dear Liza,

During the corona virus shut-down, Auntie Katie has set up a website so people can shop her bookshop, Books with Pictures, online. I did, and got my delivery the other day. It is more books all at once than I have bought in quite a while, and I am feeling very, very wealthy.

The first one I read was “Strange Planet”, by Nathan W. Pyle. It is a delightful look at humanity through the experiences of little alien beings who do what we do and say what we say…. sort of.

The literal terms they speak in makes you re-think your own experiences while getting all the fuzzy feels of being with friends in a way we just can’t at the moment. In the language of these little dudes, group selfies are called “friendship documentation” and sun tans are “star damage”.

A mother says “Please point to your imperceptible trauma” for “Show me where it hurts”, then kisses it and sends her child off to “Sustain a slightly worse injury.”

This would be a fun book for parents and kids to read together, and you could talk about the different words… or the parent could translate into more basic words, for the time being.

I meant to tell you about all the books here, but I couldn’t do them justice that way. I will take my time reading them, and tell you all about them as I do.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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