Captain Kuro From Mars Book


This is the first book of Captain Kuro From Mars Series in English. At the foot of the page in the gallery are the illustrations at a reduced size. Above the illustrations is the English text.

The Captain Kuro From Mars picture book is available in forty languages, including English. Please view the other languages. Just click through. 

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Author: Nick Broadhurst

Illustrator: MD Hasib Uzzaman

Music: Tschix



Captain Kuro woke up in her wrecked spaceship. Air was leaking. She had lost her friend, Jaron. Kuro ran to the escape pod, and saw Earth.


An hour later, Kuro passed the moon. She was a Martian feelup, and felt sad, like crying. She was all alone.


Kuro’s escape pod came through the clouds, upside down, and got stuck in a tree.

Kuro looked outside at swaying scary big green things. Swallowing, she opened the door, slowly.


A creature screeched and jumped into the air, frightening her.

The cockatoo laughed, “I’m Fobon. This is my tree.”

“Is a tree your home?” asked Kuro.


Fobon nodded. “You aren’t from here, are you?”

“No.” She pointed to the sky.

Fobon look up. “That is a long way. How can you speak cockatoo?”


Kuro smiled. “I hear your thoughts, and I answer with thought. On Mars, we call it quiet-talk.”

Fobon nodded, and flew away.


Kuro was hungry and scared. Earth was different to Mars.

As she walked, she saw a small boy, crying by the side of the road.

Kuro knew what crying was. She was far from home, and had lost her friends.


The little boy looked up.

Kuro asked, “Why are you sad?”

He answered, “My sister is sick. The doctor says she might die. We have no money for the hospital, so I ran away.  Now mummy and daddy don’t have to feed me, and can save money.”


Kuro thought, “I understand, but they might spend more money, finding you.”

The small boy nodded, and stopped crying. “How did you learn to speak? Did you go to school?”

Kuro shook her head. Can’t anyone quiet-talk on Earth? “I am from Mars.”

The boy nodded, “I am lost.”


Kuro looked overhead and called for Fobon in quiet-talk.

“Fobon, this is…” Kuro turned.


“Fobon, John is lost. Can you help?”

Fobon squawked. “Does he speak cockatoo?”


Kuro rolled her eyes. “John, what does your house look like?”

As John thought of his home, Kuro quiet-talked the picture to Fobon.

Fobon said, flying away, “I know that house.”

“Follow him, John,” called Kuro.


Fobon found the house, and could see John’s parents inside, watching him.

He screeched and flapped, trying to tell them that John and Kuro were coming.


John’s father, Henry, stroked his ill daughter’s forehead. He hadn’t slept for days.

“Thirty people are searching, helping the police,” he said.

His wife looked as the bird flew away and came back.


Next, Kuro and John saw Fobon, but with more animals and birds.

John’s mother also saw the creatures, and opened the windows. They tried to speak, but she only heard bird noises.


She also saw kangaroos, a wombat, and finally saw John, with little Kuro.

“Henry, they’ve found him!”

Henry saw John and ran outside.


John stood there with Kuro, the animals and birds, and his parents cried.

The father was confused. “How, did…?”

John said, “Dad, this is Captain Kuro, from Mars, come to help Emily.”


John’s mother shook her head. “How can a cat…?”

Her husband said quietly, “If Captain Kuro helped find John, and John says she is from Mars, she is.”


Kuro walked past, “John, I must help your sister Emily.” Kuro quiet-talked. “Everyone else, please wait outside.”

John’s mother said, “It sounds like a cat, not a Martian.”

John said, “She doesn’t believe you.”


Kuro jumped onto Emily’s bed.

Emily couldn’t open her eyes. John’s mother tried to grab Kuro when Henry put his arm around her. She said, “It is only a cat. How can it help?”


Her husband walked her over to the window, and looked at all the birds and animals watching. He shook his head. “I don’t know.”


Kuro crouched beside Emily, purring, touching her shoulder. Kuro thought, “Can you hear me?”

Emily nodded.

“Where does it hurt?”

Emily thought: my side. Kuro put her paw there.

John placed his hand over Kuro’s paw.

Kuro thought, “Quiet-talk with me, John.” Quickly John could quickly see the illness mending.


Emily slowly opened her eyes.

John smiled. “Captain Kuro says she is better.”

John’s mother laughed, “Henry, it’s only a cat!”


The next day, when the doctor came, he said, “She is cured. That big lump has gone. It is like it was never there. It is a miracle!”


Henry bent down, looking at Kuro. “A Martian miracle, I think. Thank you Kuro. Will you stay with us?”

Kuro was no longer all alone.

 The End

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