Adrian the Alien

By Claire Lewis. Shortlistee of the Best Children’s Picture Book Text competition 2023

General illustration notes: An alien-themed household on an alien planet. The aliens have basic human-style anatomy, i.e. one head, two arms, two legs. We don’t see Adrian’s mum until Spread 10.

Spread 1 [Illustration: Adrian makes a mess getting his own breakfast; photos of him as a baby and toddler in the background]

Here’s Adrian the alien–just look how big he’s grown!

Adrian the alien can do things ON HIS OWN.

Spread 2 [Illustration: Adrian gets toothpaste and toilet paper everywhere]

Adrian the alien does NOT need help from Mum.

He cleans his teeth ALL BY HIMSELF and even wipes his bum.

Spread 3 [Illustration: Adrian gives himself a strange hairstyle and gets hairbrush stuck in hair]

Adrian the alien is ACE at styling hair,

[Illustration: Adrian chooses a pair of mismatched socks to add to clashing, mismatched clothing items laid out on his bed]

And positively COSMIC when it comes to what to wear.