Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets

“Good morning, class. Today we are going to learn about Earthlets.”

In this way, Dr Xargle, our friendly alien teacher, starts to teach his class about human babies. They must be wrapped in hair of a sheep to keep them warm. They eat egg-mangle from a prong. And they spend all day covering themselves in mud, banana and the fur of creatures called Tibbles and Marmaduke. Have you ever heard of anything so weird? Chortle along as Dr Xargle teaches his class of baffled little aliens about stinky baby Earthlets and their peculiar habits!

  • A hilarious classic from a picture book dream team
  • Jeanne Willis is the author of Who’s in the Loo?
  • Fabulously funny pictures by top artist Tony Ross
  • “A wonderful idea – a hoot a page.” Guardian

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  • Dr Xargles is not from earth and he doesn’t know what humans are.

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  • Awards

    Jeanne has won several awards including the Nestle Smarties prize for Tadpole’s Promise, the Portsmouth Children’s Book Prize for Dumb Creatures and Grandad and John and the Book Trust Early Years award for Bog Baby. She has also won Red House award twice for Who’s in the Loo? and Bottoms Up!, both illustrated by Adrian Reynolds.

  • Tony Ross

    Multi-award-winning Tony Ross has become one of the best-known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been published all over the world. As well as his own books, he has illustrated books for authors such as Roald Dahl, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin.


    Tony Ross has won a number of awards for illustration, including the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for the best illustrations by a foreign artist.

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