This book has been everywhere in Canada. It is impossible to enter a bookstore and ignore the adorable little alien on the cover. Making waves in book circles and comic circles, it was only a matter of time before I grabbed a copy for myself to see what all the hype was about.
Everyone’s a Aliebn When ur a Aliebn Too is the debut book from Twitter humorist Jonny Sun (often written Jomny Sun). Through his Twitter feed, @jonnysun, the author was able to build substantial hype, again because of the cutest little alien dude in comics. Sun also happens to hail from my own hometown of Calgary, Alberta, which makes his success and the chance to review his book extra significant.
The book follows an alien that has been abandoned on Earth in order to investigate humans and our world. Along the way he is often confused by the many creatures inhabiting Earth, and how they differ. But, the lessons he learns about what is important to each animal are valuable for any sentient being. For an alien that is considered odd by his own species the connections, he makes prove invaluable.
The comic reads in a unique manner, each interaction that the aliebn makes is documented in a journal found in the inside covers. As he makes new connections, you can find the aliens own interpretation of the event, which are often profound notes on life itself. Reading this book is like nothing else, and it is full of feel-good moments and wholesome ideas.
Of course, the artwork is a highlight. The illustrations of everything from bees to a sasquatch named Mel are each more adorable than the last. Besides the aliebn himself, my personal favourite character was a talking tree which has his own views on life as he watches the world pass him by.
This very wholesome book is a piece of art in itself. From front to back, it is full of life and positive energy. Just having the book sit on my shelf makes me feel better. It is not a story with a thick plot, the art is simple and pure, everything is spelt wrong half the time (on purpose), but the heart of the book is enormous. You can tell that Sun has a unique perspective on life that you are happy to explore.
I could read it over and over again, and for that, I give it a solid 4/5 and recommend it to everyone, especially those who feel like an aliebn in their own world.
Thanks booknerds, I’m an aliebn too.