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Reviewed by Shannon Winings for Readers' Favorite
Safe! In Outerspace written by Anita and Brandon Holmes and illustrated by Antonio Pahetti is a fun-filled children's picture book with aliens, no less! Readers follow Brandon, a young boy, who is shocked awake by an alien crash landing in his room. He doesn't have much time to process what is going on before he is taken by the alien into outer space. They need his help in their quite literal out-of-this-world baseball game. With their help, he gets suited up with a jet pack and helmet and is thrown into the game. Is Brandon able to support his new team, or will all the changes prove to be too much for him? How is he going to get home before his mom checks on him?
Safe! In Outerspace is unlike other picture books I have read before. Who would have thought to combine aliens and baseball? As odd as it sounds, it is certain to pique the interest of young children looking for something fun to read. Specifically, it is easy to assume that young, elementary-aged boys will be particularly drawn to this book. They'll be excited by the combination of characters and events. The illustrations are also brightly colored and engaging. While the book does not particularly teach a lesson, it does show readers that, despite physical looks, similarities can be found. One wouldn't expect aliens to play baseball, but assumptions make fools of us all. Despite differences, children can enjoy time with one another in various ways, and Anita and Brandon Holmes have crafted this wonderful message on every page.