Blip!: TOON Level 1
A little alien robot is flying through space when he crash-lands on a strange planet. He wanders around, looking for friendly creatures, but none of the ones he meets seem to be able to understand him! Will he ever find a friend in this new place? This adorable picture book by Barnaby Richards tells a fun little story in the simplest of ways. Blip! is told with relatively few words, and most of those are either “blip” or “bleep.” The heart of this comic book-style story is its pictures, which do most of the storytelling. The alien robot’s facial expressions, the fantastically creative scenery, the creatures, the plants, and more all do a wonderful job helping kids to understand what’s going on; not surprisingly, a book like this is ideal for beginning readers because so much can be figured out by context. At the same time, this book can just as easily be enjoyed by pre-readers, who will empathize with the alien’s situation and be able to figure out a lot with some parental guidance. This is a fun little book for the youngest comic book lovers in the house.
Barnaby Richards, Illustrator