CHARLIE FROM YONDER by Joan Balfour Payne

CHARLIE FROM YONDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A story of this modern space age, with a good mixture of adventure, pathos and humor, which the third to fifth graders will relish...Oliver could not persuade his parents or the landlady to permit a pet in their dingy city tenement. Then Charlie, the pet from outer space, comes along. He had been left behind accidentally when his spaceship masters book off, and though he thought would return for him, he chose to live with Oliver until they did. That was all right; the grownups didn't think he was real. There is an old time quality to the story, despite its modern theme, but it comes sharply- and unconvincingly- up to date, when Oliver's father suggests that he be taken to the Guidance Clinic because of his queer ibeas. Nonetheless the modern child will like a story about a space pet, and despite its contradictions, it has strong appeal.

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 1962
Publisher: Hastings House