Making friends can be really hard, especially for a little robot who’s the new kid in a school populated by extraterrestrials.
Edgar enjoys playing ball, watching scary movies and building stuff with his best friend, Quincy, but when his parents move to a new town, Edgar’s lonely and uncomfortable. At his new school, Edgar thinks the kids look “weird,” and their clothes, food and music seem “funny,” “bizarre” and “strange.” Missing Quincy, Edgar plays alone at recess until a “big weird kid” who’s been watching him comes over, introduces himself as Cecil and admits Edgar scares him. However, once they get to know one another, Edgar and Cecil become pals. What the simple text neglects to mention, but stylized, acrylic illustrations boldly reveal in flamboyant, florescent hues, is Edgar’s a sleek, silver metal robot while Cecil and his classmates at Snorgblatt Elementary are outrageously multicolored, multishaped extraterrestrials who really are quite funny and bizarre in a totally nonthreatening way. And when Edgar and his parents moved to a different town, they really headed off in a spaceship to a completely different planet, taking moving away to a whole other dimension.
This far-out lesson in making friends understands that to the new kid in school, everyone is going to seem scary and weird. (Picture book. 4-8)