I stared out over the land in a demolished rapture, too tired to even rise and walk to my tent, watching the sky darken. Above me, the moon rose bright, and below me, far in the distance, the lights in the towns of Inyokern and Ridgecrest twinkled on. The silence was tremendous. The absence felt like a weight. This is what I came for, I thought. This is what I got.
–Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The children in my life just LOVE superheroes. Protecting the universe from man-eating monsters is something that appeals to them. It’s exactly the kind of story they like to create out of their own imaginations while running through the house in a superhero cape.
I point out the superhero fandom because this book was a hit around my house – but it may not be suited to children who are truly terrified by the possibility of death-by-interstellar-monster. The following quote will help determine whether it is suited to your particular child:
Sleepy and full, the creatures retreat. They’ve all had far too much to eat. Feeding time is important, you see – it stops them from eating you and me! We’re safe from the aliens, but just in case, the crew keeps watch from the secret base.