James Marshall, who illustrated Edward Marshall's Space Case, has written and illustrated this sequel. As it promised at the conclusion of its Halloween visit, the thing from outer space returns for Christmas. But its friend, Buddy McGee, has been taken to Grandma's house for the holidays. The thing follows directions left for it, encountering various difficulties. Meanwhile, neighboring twin bullies threaten Buddy as he waits impatiently. The story lacks the subtlety and drollness of the original. Christmas is cynically portrayed as a materialistic competition. The ability of the thing to turn people into snowmen adds a fantastic element that seems out of place. The illustrations, however, continue the quality and tone of the original. The best scenes are when the thing is coping with unfamiliar earthlings. The dynamic and scientifically-inclined grandmother defies stereotypes; she seems like a character one would like to know better. Despite some disappointing features, this new story will be welcomed by those who loved the small alien during its first visit.