An Alien In My House

An Alien In My House


Written by Shenaaz Nanji and Illustrated by Chum McLeod


When Ben discovers that an alien is living in his house, he is less than thrilled. After all, the alien looks strange, eats only green food, and doesn't let Ben watch television when he wants to. The "Alien" is Ben's grandfather.

The Alien isn't any happier. Convinced he is living with a monster, he complains about how Ben runs all over the house, yak-yaks like a parrot and eats only junk food. The "Monster" is his grandson, Ben.

This imaginative full-color picture book will delight readers aged eight and under as it explores the problems that different generations have in understanding each other. As Ben and the Alien learn more about each other, they discover that they have more in common than they ever would have thought.

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About the Author

Shenaaz Nanji was born in Kenya and now lives with her family in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of Treasure for Lunch, Teeny Weeny Penny, Grandma’s Heart and The Old Fisherman of Lamu.

About the Illustrator

Chum McLeod is the illustrator of Business in Bangkok, Belfry Bat the Scaredy Cat, and Aunt Fred is a Witch. She lives in Barrie, Ontario.

Product Information

  • Release: October 9, 2003

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children’s Picture Book

  • Ages 4-8 / Grades K-3

  • Guided Reading: M

  • ISBN: 9781896764771


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Friendship & Family


  • 2004 Blue Spruce Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading

  • 2005 Writers' Guild of Alberta Ross Annet Award for Children's Literature Nominee