From Publishers Weekly
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.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- A classroom's calm routine is shattered when a spaceship comes crashing through the roof and a spacesuited creature emerges. When the monster removes its helmet, the children and teacher are shocked at its ugliness. But the alien befriends the group on its short visit and they successfully overcome their initial revulsion. The final page reveals that the monster is actually an Earthling visiting another planet. The collagelike full-color illustrations bristle with kinetic energy. Wright's skillful use of perspective and point of view lulls readers into thinking that the class is full of humans rather than extraterrestrials. Like Ross's I'm Coming to Get You (Dial, 1984), the surprise denouement depends on a twist of perception. This gentle lesson on beauty, ugliness, and acceptance, coupled with its often-requested space theme, makes this story one that young readers will think is out of this world. --Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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