Saturday, September 2, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge & Recent Purchase

Synopsis: "The illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, where he meets all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, while learning to feel a little better about himself—based on the enormously popular Twitter account.

Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, an alien sent to study Earth. Always feeling apart, even among his species, Jomny feels at home for the first time among the earthlings he meets. There is a bear tired of other creatures running in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, a turtle hiding itself by learning camouflage, a puppy struggling to express its true feelings, and many more.

The characters are unique and inventive—bees think long and hard about what love means, birds try to eat the sun, nothingness questions its own existence, a ghost comes to terms with dying, and an introverted hedgehog slowly lets Jomny see its artistic insecurities. At the same time, Jomny’s curious presence allows these characters to open up to him in ways they were never able to before, revealing the power of somebody who is just there to listen.

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too is also the story behind the widely-shared and typo-filled @jonnysun twitter account. Since the beginning, Sun intentionally tweeted from an outsider’s perspective, creating a truly distinct voice. Now, that outsider has taken shape in the character of Jomny, who observes Earth with the same intelligent, empathetic, and charmingly naïve voice that won over his fans on social media. New fans will find it organic, and old fans will delight at seeing the clever words that made them fans in the first place.

Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused Alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the animals and plants of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all the earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we will all learn how sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are."

My Review: I saw a picture of this book on Instagram and had to have it immediately. You really need to read the synopsis to get an idea of what the story will be about because there is limited dialogue and it does not necessarily follow a clear time line. I also suggest reading the end pages as you go along through the book, it coordinates with each of the pages and is the part that really kicks this book up a notch. I like the way that aliens and animals/plants are used to make pretty bold and true statements that will pack a punch and have you taking a step back to look at yourself and the way you interact with the world around you. This is one of those books that appears simple but in the end is one that make you stop and think for a bit. I could have done with out all the misspellings, I don't think they really add too much to the story but the don't detract too much.

My Rating:  This was one of those books that I just had to have and there was no way it was going to sit on my shelf long before being read.  I am really glad I did take the time to read it, at times it is a little obscure but once you put together as a whole it makes a lot of sense and has some thoughts that need time to sink in.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws!  If you get a chance to pick this one up, don't hesitate!


  1. I've heard this one is a good read. I might have to pick it up.

  2. I haven't see this, which is weird, because I love graphic novels. I will not hesitate!