Tinker and Tom and the Star Baby

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Tinker and Tom can't get to sleep one night, so they gaze out the window. Suddenly a star streaks through the sky--a baby star that's lost and looking for its mother, says Tom--and lands in their backyard. And from a spaceship that looks more like a trash can pops the Star Baby.

Tinker and Tom prompltly begin their determined mission to fix the damaged spsceship sp the Star Baby can return home. Even run-ins with Fluffy the cat and Tinker's ...

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Overview

Tinker and Tom can't get to sleep one night, so they gaze out the window. Suddenly a star streaks through the sky--a baby star that's lost and looking for its mother, says Tom--and lands in their backyard. And from a spaceship that looks more like a trash can pops the Star Baby.

Tinker and Tom prompltly begin their determined mission to fix the damaged spsceship sp the Star Baby can return home. Even run-ins with Fluffy the cat and Tinker's father can't stop the two from pounding out the dents and creating special rocket fuel.

A boy and a bear find a Star Baby in their back yard and try to fix its spaceship so that it can return to its mother.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW said, "McPhail zeroes in on the parallel world of the imagination that makes childhood so magical, delivering delicious nonsense in the same forthright manner with which children detail their own fantasies." Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This book does not quite measure up to the author's previous body of work, which contains some of the most delightful children's stories. The premise is a good one: a star baby falls to earth and is discovered by Tinker, a boy, and Tom, a bear, who refuel her spaceship so that she can return to her mother. However, the adorable star baby becomes quite menacing when Tinker's cat wants her food back. Young children may be put off by this star baby, who starts out so innocent looking, but who turns vengeful as she rages at the cat with bulging green eyes and green food smeared on her face. By pointing her finger, she suspends people and objects in the air. Even with a somewhat happy ending, this book is not recommended as a bedtime story.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A fantastical nighttime romp. Unable to sleep, Tinker, a mop-topped boy, and his bear friend, Tom, are staring listlessly out the window when a spaceship crash-lands in the yard. A star-headed baby pops out and immediately takes a shine to Tom. The friends take the spacecraft into the house for a closer look. The baby's hilarious antics reveal its extraterrestrial powers and give Tinker's dad and cat a night to remember. Meanwhile, the boy concocts rocket fuel out of orange juice, ketchup, honey, and other ingredients. Back in the yard, Tinker urges Tom to put the little pilot back in the cockpit so it can be on its way. The bear hesitates, but Tinker finally convinces him. With a push, the spaceship is off, and a beam of light assures the friends that the infant has found its mother. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations have a more casual appearance than the glowing, rich look of McPhail's Edward and the Pirates (Little, Brown, 1997), but the style fits the story's playful tone. Young children will recognize Tom as a stand-in for their own imaginary companions. Pair this with Martha Alexander's You're a Genius, Blackboard Bear (Candlewick, 1995), another dreamlike tale of a bear, a boy, and a moonlit spaceship.Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Whimsical, fantasticalþand even a little sillyþthis nighttime story from McPhail (The Puddle, p. 58, etc.) has plenty of child appeal. One night, Tinker and his bear, Tom, are gazing out the window instead of sleeping. A streak of light in the sky turns into a rocket ship crash-landing in their backyard, with a star baby inside. Tinker figures they need to get the dents out of the ship, refuel, and send the star baby back to its mother; Tom is quite taken with the little sprite and wants to keep it. Star Baby eats the cat's food and sends the cat, the cereal, and later, Tinker's dad, flying (gently) through the air; Tinker and Tom fill the rocket with odds and ends from the refrigerator and send Star Baby off, as is right. The rather surreal elements of the story are held in check by the reassuringly familiar surroundings: Boy and bear pad around the cozy kitchen, the garage sports a basketball hoop, five-pointed stars appear in the sky, a night light is on the stove, and cheese and carrots are in the fridge. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316563895
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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