- Book Style: Storybook for toddlers
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 7-10 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cute as a button, colors galore, fun on a bun
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
Visit Alook’s Cool Place in Outer Space is a storybook for toddlers from one of Toddler Book Review’s featured authors, Kimberley Kleczka. Kimberley series of books about Alook are normally about his travels around the world. However, in this book we follow Alook home to his place in outer space (in case you didn’t catch this in the title). The book is all about describing the fun environment that Alook and his friends and family live in. We learn about a pet dragon, a game called Lutor, his siblings and parents, a fun little blue moon, and a ton more. It’s really great to be a part of the growth of this character and the overall story of Alook.
If you’ve read any of our previous reviews of Kimberley’s books, you’ll know that the entire Alook series of books is about diversity (previous reviews – Alook’s Dance in France, Luna and Alook’s Funny Food Book, Klara The Cow Who Knows How to Bow). Our author explores the diversity of our great world, and the different ways people live and experience their lives. Visit Alook’s Cool Place In Outer Space tells us all about the different ways Alook and his family live in their very different world. This all aligns with the goal of the entire series of books, which is intended to open your child’s mind to entirely different ways of living.
Probably the best thing about this book is the way it ties the whole series together. It really gives you some detail about a character that we’ve read about before. If your child loved any of the other books in the series, then they’ll definitely love this book. If your child hasn’t read any of the other books, well then I’d say that you could buy the series and know that you’re going to have a character that’s loved by your child. Obviously, given the goal of the series, you’re also going to have a child wondering about all the different parts of the world and the amazing cultures that are out there.
Another thing I love about this book in particular is just how fun and colorful the illustrations are. This is a cornerstone of the series, but I think this latest book sets a new standard for color and fun in illustrations. I honestly don’t know what kind of bird I’m looking at in the picture below, but it’s so vibrant and interesting to look out. Combine the bird with the planets and you have an experience that your child is truly going to love (not to mention the fact that it’s a solar bird).
As is always the case with Kimberley’s books, Visit Alook’s Cool Place in Outer Space is accompanied by a large number of extras. She truly brings together a package of products that are sold with all of her books (and by the way, there’s no extra charge for these). For example, here’s the trailer video:
Also, since it’s the Christmas season, Kimberley’s also put together her Koolamundo Christmas song! Here it is on YouTube:
There are also a few “Kool” facts at the back of the book that are just extra content for you to share with your child. These facts give you a bit of insight into the true nature of our author and just how she thinks.
Overall, this is another great book in the Alook series created by Kimberley Kleczka. She really is developing a great style, fantastic characters, and a fantastic series for you to share with your child. My toddler has enjoyed each and every book in the series; I’ve noticed that he tells me all about the different ways people live. I love that he’s getting that the world is a big interesting, diverse place and it excites me that soon we’ll be able to take that first major adventure together.
Now here comes the good news. If you’re looking for a way to test out the series on your little one, well then guess what? Visit Alook’s Cool Place in Outer Space is free for the next 5 days (December 23rd to December 28th, 2016). All you need is a Kindle or the Kindle application and you can go get the book! For now, head to Kimberley’s author page on Amazon and enjoy this great book.
Or if you need any further evidence that this is a great series to get into, read our other reviews here:
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!