• Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Some stories don’t need words to make their meaning clear—and some friendships can transcend barriers.

A wordless picture book shows that the power of friendship and communicating can span across the galaxies.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2019
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 34
Publication Date 2019-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV051000, JUV039060
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level WB
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • LITA Golden Duck Notable Picture Book, Winner, 2020
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2019


The Horn Book Magazine

“This almost-wordless story of friendship and separation shows a small alien making its way to Earth. . . .In a wistful, open-ended conclusion the small alien fiends the perfect way to send a message back to its new very-long-distance friend: the one-word grand gesture of celestial ‘Hello.’”—The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“This book does a wonderful job of demonstrating and capturing the beauty and wonder of unique friendships. Out of this world!”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Although wordless, this deftly expresses our simple need to build connections that can endure across a galaxy.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Aiko Ikegami

Aiko Ikegami was born in Tokyo. She's always loved drawing, painting, and creating stories. After receiving a PhD in Pharmacology and working as a neuropharmacologist, she decided to follow her heart and make picture books. She lives in Ohio.