Strange Planet: The Sneaking, Hiding, Vibrating Creature is classic Nathan W. Pyle. This time around, instead of the more adult images of his comic strip, there is a more “kid friendliness” to the story as it is set in a “full length” picture book. This allows for all ages to enjoy this adventure. Our theme could have been seen in a strip but has been expanded for this presentation.
The Offspring and The Lifegiver (two aliens of blue coloring and questionable attire wearing, or more accurate, not wearing) observe their vibrating fur creature. It is a great story to show kids how to observe things, take notes and a way for a parental unit and child to have an adventure together. You will see the antics of the vibrating creature and relate to what they do. Pyle’s theme is universal, funny, sweet, and heartwarming.
The illustrations are also classic Pyle. However, this time the simplistic nature of them is a bit more fleshed out. The graphic novel/comic format of little to no detail has advanced to basic details when needed, but still sparse. For the most part, the illustrations are the minimalistic approach fans know. The colors of blue and white are the main colors to the point of having almost little to no other color on the page.
The observation of cat and human from an outside viewpoint is as clever as it is amusing. The humor can be subjective yet is relatable to anyone who has owned a pet of the vibrating creature variety. And while all types can appreciate, fans of Pyle are probably the people who should read this book.
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