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Company's coming
Yorinks, Arthur.
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Publication Information:
[United States?] : Spoken Arts, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (7 min.) : analog + 1 book ( 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm)
Chaos erupts when Moe and Shirley invite some visitors from outer space to stay for dinner with the relatives.
Reading Level:
410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 125912.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 02455 Guided reading level: L.
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Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1269 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
CASSETTE KIT 1269 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
CASSETTE KIT 1269 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In this slyly humorous tale of visitors from outer space and a nicecouple from Bellmore, we learn that the key to intergalactic human-alienrelations is... spaghetti and meatballs. That and a few common courtesies. Whena spaceship quietly lands next to Moe and Shirley's tool shed and two aliens askto use the bathroom, Moe becomes slightly hysterical while Shirley tries to keepher cool. Later that evening, when Shirley's cousins arrive for a spaghettidinner, 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 Moetake 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 charminghostess, Shirley slowly unwraps the gift, which, as it turns out, is none of theabove.First published in 1988, Company's Coming received several prestigioushonors, including The New York Times Book Review's Notable Books and theRedbook Children's Picture Book Award. It's one of those rare books thatwill delight adults as well as children, passing on an easy-to-swallow messageof human kindness and grace under pressure. Al Yorinks is the author of theCaldecott-winning Hey,Al, and David Small is well known for his artwork in Caldecott HonorBook The Gardener. (Ages5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

Author Notes

Arthur Yorinks was born in Roslyn, New York on August 21, 1953. His first children's book, Sid and Sol, was published in 1977. He has written over 30 children's books including Louis the Fish, It Happened in Pinsk, Company's Coming, Christmas in July, Whitefish Will Rides Again!, The Miami Giant, and Tomatoes from Mars. Hey, Al, illustrated by Richard Egielski, won the 1987 Caldecott award. He has also written opera librettos, ballets, plays and film scripts.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. Yorinks, this time without his usual illustrator collaborator, Richard Egielski, introduces a run-of-the-mill, middle-aged suburban couple who has some unexpected company for dinner. One day while Moe is tinkering in his yard a red, tripod flying saucer lands, causing his wife, Shirley, to complain, ``Moe, you had to buy that barbecue? It's too big.'' When two buglike creatures disembark and ask to use the bathroom, the couple is thrown into a tizzy. Moe gets even more upset when Shirley invites them to dinner (``Are you crazy? The cousins are coming tonight''); Shirley, however, thinks the strangers look like nice boys. Moe's not convinced; he calls the Pentagon and soon the house is surrounded by helicopters, sharpshooters, and tanks. It turns out that the visitors are very cordial and bring a gaily wrapped present for their hostess. Charming everyone, the aliens, along with Moe, Shirley, the cousins, and even the soldiers and FBI, enjoy a lovely spaghetti dinner. Silly in the best sense of the word, the bizarre happenings will get kids chuckling while adults will appreciate the sly humor. The highlight of Small's amusing watercolors is the befuddled Shirley and Moe and their terrified cousins who relax once they see that the aliens' gift is a blender-and they got it on sale! IC. Extraterrestrial beings-Fiction [CIP] 87-13579

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (February) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved