My friend Melanie’s new book is out! The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #2: What Happened to Planet Q? by Melanie Lee and Illustrated by David Liew is the second in a series of six picture books about adoption. Melanie wrote these books for her toddler son; he was adopted as an infant.
In the author’s note, Melanie writes: “After Book #1 [The Adventures of Squirky the Alien #1: Why Am I Blue?], I received a few queries from adoptive parents regarding the issue of adoption disclosure… ‘What is my child can not stop being sad?” or ‘What if my child does not want to be part of our family after this?’ [they asked].”
What Happened to Planet Q? addresses an adoption’s loss, tears, and questions with honesty, love, comfort, and hope.
Books about adoption are rare in Singapore. Culturally-specific books about adoption are even rarer. Which all makes What Happened to Planet Q? a very important book. Melanie’s series offers the opportunity for an adopted child to see himself or herself reflected in a book without judgment; to see another child have experiences similar to his or her own; and to develop strategies to cope with issues in his or her own life.
What Happened to Planet Q? does not include a FAQ for parents of young adoptees as Why Am I Blue? did, unfortunately. Such a culturally-specific resource is hard to find here, and is utterly invaluable. I hope Melanie will continue to support adoptive parents in subsequent volumes of this series.