Young readers travel to distant worlds, meet aliens and chase speedy space orbs with one family who takes a very wrong turn on their family vacation and ends up in the midst of a fantastical, outer-space voyage.
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Photographer Valfre, who chronicled a cross-country drive in Backseat Buckaroo, takes his camera on another family road trip. Humans aren't alone on the highway, however; a "flying saucer" sails through a diner, and a plastic "robot scout" detects aliens. Dramatic duotone photos introduce the narrator, a boy "space buckaroo" wearing a plastic astronaut's helmet and standing in a rocky landscape. "When faced with invasion from outer space," the hero says, "Save planet Earth and try not to get too dirty." Yet the aliens?represented by kitschy ceramic statuettes?mean no harm. Apparently, TV signals in space have given Earth a reputation as "one of the greatest amusement parks in the galaxy." The tale ends on a philosophical note ("The whole universe is on one big journey to nobody knows where") that speaks to vacationers from all galaxies. Valfre displays a quirky, adult sensibility: his photos, with their murky blue-black and white contrast, resemble a spaghetti-western "night" scene shot through a filter in broad daylight; ominous clouds rush through a dark sky, and a Milky Way of thick cream spins in a cup of black coffee. Acid-green and electric-blue pages, sprinkled with stars and clip-art UFOs, also appeal to retro tastes. This surreal travelogue, atmospheric and fashionably designed, will captivate grown-up fans of Americana?but it's meant for the whole (post-) nuclear family. Ages 4-up.
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Book Description Chronicle Books, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0811817172
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