Colin McNaughton won the 1991 Kurt Machler Award for his book "Have You Seen Who's Just Moved in Next Door to Us?".
A renowned poet and one of Britain's leading illustrators and authors.
Gr 1-4‘Readers who enjoy McNaughton's gleefully juvenile sense of humor will find him in top form here, introducing in rhyme the members of an alien fleet hurtling toward our unsuspecting planet‘``The first mate looks like wobbly jelly,/He's sort of gaseous and he's smelly;/He has an eyeball on his belly!...'' Waving a variety of appendages, the corpulent, warty crew smiles up from the pages in a googly-eyed, predatory way. Is it curtains for humanity? No, wait! The aliens find an orbiting artifact that sends them into panic-stricken retreat. It's...it's‘oh, the horror!‘a school picture: 39 grimacing, eye-poking, hair-pulling, tongue-waggling‘and in one case, vomiting‘four-year-old children. We're saved. Books such as Tony Ross's I'm Coming to Get You! (Dial, 1987) and Colin Hawkins's Spooks (HarperCollins, 1994) seem restrained in comparison. Fans of low humor will give this high marks.‘John Peters, New York Public Library
A fleet of smelly, wart-covered aliens with bad manners prepare to attack the earth, but run away in fear at the sight of a bunch of four year-olds fighting and puking. Funny rhymes complement gleefully gross watercolors. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
Rhythmic verses with a rousing refrain usher in an intergalactic
parade of space oddities, deliciously detailed with mad staring
eyeballs, warty pic'n'mix complexions and sink-plunger extremities.
Inventive typography, irresistible rhymes and a surprise ending. *
The Guardian *
...loud, colourful and humorous. * The Daily Telegraph *