In this third entry in an imaginative series, Zoomer the zestful hound dog hits his stride with a wacky Christmas Eve visit from aliens who crash-land in the field near his house.
Zoomer and his older twin brothers are shocked to see the inhabitants of the spacecraft: parents, three children, a robot and a gigantic, multilegged pet called a yarple-headed gigantaziller. The visit with the aliens takes Zoomer into fantastical territory with a picnic of out-of-this-world food, games with amazing equipment, and a swim in a magically concocted “force-field swimming pool” with individual submarines for each kid and a friendly sea monster. The spaceship, however, is broken and in need of a new wheel. Zoomer generously donates his beloved tricycle so the alien family can get home for Christmas, and they leave the canine brothers with a stellar Christmas gift: a real star for the top of their tree. Zoomer is further rewarded on Christmas morning with a new, two-wheeled bicycle and a special note from Santa. Humorous illustrations showcase the expressive pooches and the amusing aliens with lots of funny details to pore over in the large-scale format.
Kids will connect with this wildly exuberant fantasy, and Zoomer seems destined to zoom off into further ingenious adventures in unexplored territories. (Picture book. 4-8)