Three funny stories about a young boy and his pocket-sized alien friend by Elizabeth Dale for Egmont's green banana series. A New Friend for Charlie. When Charlie finds a tiny alien in his pocket, he's thrilled to make a new friend. But Zak's excitement soon makes a mess of the house. Can the pair tidy up before Mum comes home? Happy Birthday, Charlie. It's Charlie's birthday, but bad weather threatens to ruin his party. Can Zak save the day? Zak at the Seaside Charlie and Zak take a trip to the beach. When Charlie loses his watch, his alien pal is on hand to find it again. Terrific alien stories for new readers finding their feet. Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.