Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #6: When does the search end? by Melanie Lee

The last book in the Squirky series was an excellent and fitting end to the adventures of the blue alien.

I've been following the exploits of Squirky for some time now and I must say that this book provides a not a saccharine sweet, happily-ever-after kinda ending, but a more realistic yet satisfying one.

In the penultimate book, Squirky decided not to enter the Garden Galaxy and travelled back to Earth to be with his adoptive parents. It was bittersweet. On one hand he wanted to see his birth parents, but on the other he really liked his family on Earth.

I thought how his adoptive parents dealt with his life on Earth subsequently was sensitive and filled with love.

It would be interesting to see another series on what happens when Squirky grows up into a young man and have significant conversations with his birth parents while negotiating his relationship with his birth parents, and perhaps in the context of starting his own family.

Alas, that's not for me to decide but for MPH Publishing and Melanie.

Nevertheless, I'd like to recommend this series to all families. The compelling story together with the lovely illustrations make for a great book for parents and children to bond over. The awards the previous books have won, namely, snagging the second prize for the Samsung KidsTime Author's Award for The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #4: Where is my Mama? together with the Crystal Kite Award for the Asia, Middle East and India region for The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #3: Who is the Red Commander? are testament to the quality of the stories.

Buy them (at Kinokuniya) today!

Disclaimer: The author sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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