Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES,TOO Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday!

At many How-To-Write-A-Picture-Book presentations, I’ve heard mentors say, “Pick a character kids want to read about and ask yourself the question…what if?” And today’s book is a perfect example of a writer who did that and got it right.

Alien Cover Medium jpeg copy


Written by Katy Duffield

Illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Published by Candlewick (2017)

Ages: 3-7


From Amazon: Ahhh-flying-saucer-shooting-star-CHOO! Laughter is the best medicine when you’re a little alien feeling under the weather.

Little Alien is sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two scratchy throats, five ears that hurt, and three runny noses. Splatch! Sputter! Spurt! Luckily Mama and Daddy Alien have an arsenal of lunar decongestants and meteor showers on hand to make him feel a little better (not to mention a Milky Way milkshake to help the medicine go down). Even so, the family’s alien pooch, Mars Rover, can’t stand to see his little buddy feeling out of sorts. Can a loyal pup’s funny tricks finally coax a smile?

Opening lines:

“Little Alien was sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two throats, five ears, and three noses.”

Why I like this book:

  • Great text…the author uses all the time-honored outer space sayings that kids will know and love.
  • Awesome illustrations.
  • Full of humor and heart.



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Please check FrogsandSnailsandPuppyDogTail for detailed instructions on whichever crafts you choose.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to leave a comment for an entry into the giveaway of a copy of ALIENS GET THE SNIFFLES, TOO!

And come back tomorrow when author Katy Duffield rockets over to chat about her writing journey.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends!



About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on November 10, 2017, in book giveaway, Crafts for kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Fun combination of aliens & colds. I can’t wait to get to a bookstore and look at this one. Thanks, Vivian.


  2. This sounds adorable, Vivian. I’ll try to remember that I could have more throats & ears that hurt the next time I get a cold.


  3. What a great concept! Fun language mixed with adorable characters will definitely make this a fast favorite. Can’t wait to read it!


  4. This looks like a double dose of fun! I’m sure kids will relate to an “ailing” alien! Excited to read it!


  5. Looks like a fun take on the common cold, with some out of this word word play. I’m looking forward to the interview!


  6. Clever way to tackle a cold with an alien spin. This will be a winner with kids. Love your activities.


  7. I love the word play. Congratulations on your new picture book!

    All the best,



  8. This sounds like a book kids will love. Aliens are always a hit! The word play sounds fun, too!


  9. This book sounds so much fun. I love the idea as well as the humor and wordplay. I added this book to my Goodreads list as it will be excellent mentor text for me.


  10. I can tell this book will make kids giggle. What a perfect read when you have a little one down with a fever or cold.


  11. I was hooked from the start with the alien having two sore throats! Painful as that must be, it’s downright funny and imaginative. I’m off to the library. I hope they have a copy.


  12. I’m with Leslie (above): the description of all the alien’s unhappy body parts immediately made me want to read the book. Well done, Katy! Can’t wait to read it.


  13. Oh, this is so funny! I love everything about little alien! and Mars Rover. What a great name!


  14. This book looks adorable – big Katy Duffield fan!

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  15. Talk about an opening line show stopper if ever I saw one. So funny with great kid appeal and cute illustrations in the mix. What’s not to love. Gotta see if this is down our way.


  16. Ha! What a fantastic, fun concept! Adding this to my TBR list! : )


  17. Such an out-of-this-world cute idea for a picture book! It sounds like a blast!


  18. What a great concept! Young kids will like this one for sure!


  19. Thanks for featuring the book, Vivian! And thanks to all the commenters. 🙂


  20. This is a great concept, and I and sure Katy writes it perfectly.


  21. Very much looking forward to reading this! And I love those cupcakes – may have to do the storytime craft just so I can get one!


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