It Came from Outer Space

Tony Bradman, Author Dial Books $12 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1098-6
The notion of a parallel universe invades and conquers the picture book genre in this ingenious and very funny tale. Bradman's narrative owes its droll tone to his spare, matter-of fact prose--``We were all in school, working hard, when . . . an alien spaceship crashed through the roof.'' All the facts of this friendly extraterrestrial visitation are revealed here save one: the faces of the pupils and teachers in the ostensibly normal-looking elementary school. At the end of this close encounter the students conclude that the alien ``was a very friendly monster, even though it was so ugly''--the final spread, however, reveals the real surprise. The bright colors and skewed perspectives of Wright's exuberant torn-paper and watercolor paintings add to the waggishness, making this a terrific choice to share with the early elementary set. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1992
Release date: 03/01/1992
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-00-184226-7
Hardcover - 24 pages - 978-1-85269-393-0
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