My Friend the Alien: A Bloomsbury Reader


Zanib Mian

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A thought-provoking comedy about being an alien from prize-winning Zanib Mian. Maxx is an alien: a real one – from the planet Zerg. He’s on Earth to research these strange things called emotions that humans have (and eat as much chocolate as he can).

But some of the humans seem to think Maxx’s new human friend Jibreel is an alien too, and Maxx just can’t figure it out. Why would coming from another country make you an alien?!This funny science-fiction story is a perfect way to tackle difficult topics like racism and refugees with children. It has hilarious black-and-white illustrations from Sernur Isik throughout, and is ideal for children who are developing as readers.

The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence, covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit

Book Band: Grey Ideal for ages 8+

Read the first chapter:

I’ve landed. Not that you guys checked up on me or anything., but I’m fine. The spaceship is fine too, except for the Filandoo Sperk.

That broke. It wasn’t my fault, I only  just looked at it. It’s not important anyway, right?

I landed right where you guys told me to. In the middle of nowhere, on some grass. But there were the things called cows around.

They are animals, I remember from my training. I could see huge puffs of purple gas coming out from their behinds. Methane. Methane is purple. But you know that. By the way, how do you guys know so much about the animals here and almost nothing about the humans?

I’m going to sleep now and will look for humans tomorrow, to get on with the mission I came here to do:  FInd out how humans have feelings.

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