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Literature / The Rudest Alien on Earth

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A 2002 children's book by Jane Leslie Conly.

Oluu, a careless young alien, is sent to Earth on a research mission. Landing on a dairy farm in Vermont, she uses her ability to take on the forms of animals to learn about Earth and ends up befriending two human children, Molly and Jack.

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  • Exact Words: To stop Oluu from stealing eggs from the henhouse, Molly tells her: "Dogs must not eat eggs." Oluu later realizes that she had said "eggs", not "egg", so she thinks she's allowed to eat one egg.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Chapters alternate between Oluu and the human kids' points of view.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Oluu ends up experiencing emotions she's new to, such as fear.
  • Xenofiction: Oluu's point of view is very alien. For example, when she first sees a dog, her narration describes it as "a smaller four-legger, with a fifth appendage that swayed back and forth on the end opposite the foreparts."