Chaos erupts when Moe and Shirley invite some visitors from outer space to stay for dinner with the relatives.
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In this slyly humorous tale of visitors from outer space and a nice couple from Bellmore, we learn that the key to intergalactic human-alien relations is... spaghetti and meatballs. That and a few common courtesies. When a spaceship quietly lands next to Moe and Shirley's tool shed and two aliens ask to use the bathroom, Moe becomes slightly hysterical while Shirley tries to keep her cool. Later that evening, when Shirley's cousins arrive for a spaghetti dinner, the aliens return, bearing a gift. Meanwhile, Moe has alerted the FBI, the Pentagon, the Army, the Air Force, and the Marines. The relatives and Moe take turns fainting while Shirley politely offers her new visitors appetizers. But what is in the gift box the aliens have brought? "It's a bomb! It's gas! It's a laser!" Cousin Etta yells, before swooning again. Ever the charming hostess, Shirley slowly unwraps the gift, which, as it turns out, is none of the above.
First published in 1988, Company's Coming received several prestigious honors, including The New York Times Book Review's Notable Books and the Redbook Children's Picture Book Award. It's one of those rare books that will delight adults as well as children, passing on an easy-to-swallow message of human kindness and grace under pressure. Al Yorinks is the author of the Caldecott-winning Hey, Al, and David Small is well known for his artwork in Caldecott Honor Book The Gardener. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie CoulterFrom Publishers Weekly:
When a flying saucer lands in the yard, and two aliens emerge, Shirley promptly invites them in for dinner. Her husband, less sanguine, phones the FBI, and they call in the military. By the time the visitors return, the house is surrounded by soldiers and tanks. As her relatives faint with apprehension, Shirley unwraps the gift the aliens offer. Her trust is rewarded, for the box contains a quite harmless blender ("And we don't even have one," she exclaims). Now assured of the aliens' peaceful intentions, everyone sits down together for a homemade meal. Yorinks displays his talent for droll, surprising humor in this offbeat tale about trust and hospitality. Through deliberate exaggeration and absurdity, he pokes fun at paranoid and militaristic responses to perceived threats from those different from ourselvesa timely message indeed. Small's illustrations reflect the story's quirkiness and humor, from Shirley and Moe's broad gestures and shrugs, to the bug-like aliens who understand the value of a nice appliance and a warm welcome. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Hyperion Books for Children, New York, NY, USA, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Small, David (illustrator). 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. new book / old store stock; hard cover is clean, tight and square, edges are very slightly rubbed, pictorial boards, text is clean and unmarked; DJ has no tears or creases or chips, covers are lightly rubbed from normal shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 402804
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