By: Kelly Milner Halls
Publisher: Milbrook Press
Publication Date: April 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: April 2012
Leek was seriously wondering if there could be life on another planet. It would be an exciting venture to the blue planet in the distance, but they were ready to take the risk. The alien creatures would “carefully prepare and hope they [would] make it to Earth--and back home again.” No doubt these green creatures with their purple eyes are fictitious beings, but then again, are they? Here on Earth we’ve also wondered if there is life on other planets and if they are making an attempt to visit us. What do you think?
According to physicist Stanton Friedman, we need “the development of advanced technology” in order to reach the stars. Perhaps there are civilizations out there that already have this technology and have been taking a close look at life on Earth. In order to form your own opinion, you’ll have to ponder the reports of people who claim to have seen everything from unusual beings to spacecrafts that have landed or crashed. Perhaps you are a Doubting Thomas when it comes to believing in UFOs, but a few of the stories in this book just might sway you!
The book, “starting with the first UFO report filed with the U.S. military in 1947,” relates one event that happened in each decade, ending with a tale from a very frightened family who had a visitation from aliens who touched down in Monahans, Texas in 2009. One person claimed these creatures “looked very skinny like they had no meat on their bones...their heads were large and their arms...hung down to their knees.” In this book you’ll read about sightings from around the world, including a few that proved to be elaborate hoaxes. In some instances, only one or two people sighted something unusually alien, but what about the sixty-two children who panicked and screamed when they experienced a strange visitation in Ruwa, Zimbabwe in 1994?
Naturally, any UFO aficionado worth his or her salt knows a lot about the crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, but this book has a few odd ones I hadn’t heard about. The sightings, most of which are in North America, do swing around the world in such diverse places as Hangzhou, China and Tehran, Iran. Interspersed throughout the book we are treated to interviews from a variety of people, including the scientifically oriented as well as those such as Belinda Perdew Taylor, a librarian from Kentucky. We also are treated to Yllek’s fictitious story as he boards his mother ship to head to Earth. There are numerous, artist’s renditions, and a map. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and a listing of UFO organizations and festivals.
Quill says: This is a fabulously fun look into the possibility of alien life in the universe and on Earth.