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Zoomer's Out-of-This-World Christmas
     

Zoomer's Out-of-This-World Christmas

by Ned Young
 

Celebrate Christmas with the lovable, hilarious dog Zoomer! It's the day before Christmas, and Zoomer and his brothers are outside looking for signs of Santa Claus—and then a spaceship from outer space lands in their backyard!

They all have fun playing with their new alien friends. But a piece of the space family's saucer goes missing, and they won't be

Overview

Celebrate Christmas with the lovable, hilarious dog Zoomer! It's the day before Christmas, and Zoomer and his brothers are outside looking for signs of Santa Claus—and then a spaceship from outer space lands in their backyard!

They all have fun playing with their new alien friends. But a piece of the space family's saucer goes missing, and they won't be able to get back home in time for Christmas. It looks like there's no hope for blastoff. Then clever Zoomer comes to the rescue with the perfect low-tech solution.

With aliens, Christmas, and dogs, Ned Young's picture book is definitely out of this world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it like to experience an out-of-this-world Christmas? On the day before Christmas, Hooper, Cooper, and Zoomer are on the lookout for flying reindeer. They cannot wait to be the first in their neighborhood to spot Santa on his annual ride. Suddenly they hear a loud boom in the backyard, and they discover a spaceship has landed there. Out steps a family from outer space, their robot, and their pet—a yarple-headed gigantaziller. Soon Zoomer and his brothers are having a picnic with their new friends. Then the boys learn how to play new sports, including zlammaroo. As the space dad tries to fix the spaceship, he discovers a part is broken. It appears the space family will not be able to fly for many weeks, until Zoomer comes up with the perfect solution and gives up his bicycle because it will work perfectly as a spaceship part. The boys’ wave as the spaceship flies out of sight. That evening they fall asleep under their very own star. The next morning, Hooper receives a robot, Cooper a Viking ship, and Zoomer gets a brand new bicycle. In this delightful story, Ned Young enchants young readers through his wonderful narrative and illustrations. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.; Ages 3 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
K-Gr 2—On the day before Christmas, Zoomer the pup and his brothers, Hooper and Cooper, are hanging out in their tree house, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. However, they forget all about him when a spaceship lands in the backyard, bearing a friendly family of antennaed aliens, a cool robot, and the family pet (sort of a cross between an elephant and a caterpillar). The pups and aliens spend a splendid afternoon together, sharing a picnic lunch, a rousing game of "zlammaroo," and a dip in the portable force-field pool. When the aliens' father discovers that the spaceship was damaged in the landing, Zoomer gives up his beloved tricycle so the space family can get home in time for Christmas. His kindness does not go unnoticed by Santa, and he is appropriately rewarded. This is a silly holiday tale with bright, cheerful illustrations and a good message about sharing and welcoming newcomers. Fans of Zoomer's first two books will not be disappointed.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In this third entry in an imaginative series, Zoomer the zestful hound dog hits his stride with a wacky Christmas Eve visit from aliens who crash-land in the field near his house. Zoomer and his older twin brothers are shocked to see the inhabitants of the spacecraft: parents, three children, a robot and a gigantic, multilegged pet called a yarple-headed gigantaziller. The visit with the aliens takes Zoomer into fantastical territory with a picnic of out-of-this-world food, games with amazing equipment, and a swim in a magically concocted "force-field swimming pool" with individual submarines for each kid and a friendly sea monster. The spaceship, however, is broken and in need of a new wheel. Zoomer generously donates his beloved tricycle so the alien family can get home for Christmas, and they leave the canine brothers with a stellar Christmas gift: a real star for the top of their tree. Zoomer is further rewarded on Christmas morning with a new, two-wheeled bicycle and a special note from Santa. Humorous illustrations showcase the expressive pooches and the amusing aliens with lots of funny details to pore over in the large-scale format. Kids will connect with this wildly exuberant fantasy, and Zoomer seems destined to zoom off into further ingenious adventures in unexplored territories. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061999598
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
772,527
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ned Young is the author and illustrator of Zoomer and Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm. He is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose playful sense of humor appears on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards.

Ned Young is the author and illustrator of Zoomer and Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm. He is a self-taught painter and illustrator whose playful sense of humor appears on a variety of merchandise, including prints, calendars, puzzles, mugs, and greeting cards.

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