S. & S./Paula Wiseman Bks. Jul. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534444362.
K-Gr 3–What if a creature from outer space resembled one of our favorite pet animals? A distant light in the night sky, loudly beeping as it approaches Earth, brings a scary sight to a pup in his backyard doghouse in this fun and funny tale. Out from the landing UFO comes a space dog. He’s called a spacebot here, but his robotic shape is also unmistakable. Pup races up the plank to greet the visitor. “You’re like me!...Can we play?” Well, no. Pup isn’t the only one noticing this strange intrusion. From within the house the electrical kitchen gadgets have been incited, and Spacebot leads them off to an aerial adventure. Twohy’s comical drawings are both simple and richly expressive, beautifully expanding the economical rhyming text. Feeling very left out, Pup does eventually get his own special opportunity.
VERDICT For general purchase, the book has many laugh-inducing pages for independent readers, listeners, and viewers.

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