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"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013
Material: hard cover
Summary: Flying reindeer! What else would you expect Zoomer, Hooper, and Cooper to be looking for on Christmas Eve? Certainly not UFOs! Well, imagine their surprise when a space family got off that spaceship. Earthlings and space beings had a grand time. When it was time to go, the group made a sad discovery: the flying saucer couldn't take off because of a broken part. Zoomer didn't want them to miss Santa's arrival, so he gave them his tricycle to fix the spaceship. It worked! This picture book fantasy is a story that is refreshing and still true to the spirit of the season.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 3.7
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: My favorite part of the book are the illustrations. They are seasonal without being all "Santa red." There is so much fun and joy popping from every page. The story itself is "okay," but it falls flat at the end with a predictable outcome.
Pros: Adorable bassett hounds and space creatures come together in a romping story for Christmas Eve.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a cute story you'll read a couple of times. It probably won't be remembered the followin Christmas, though.
Educational Themes: With Zoomer giving his favorite toy to the space family, the book draws out one of the key themes of Christmas - generosity. The scene is a great discussion starter for asking kids about how they'd feel giving up their favorite toy, or doing something to help someone else (even if they had to give up something to do it).
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.