Filled with an abundance of creepy creatures, slimy aliens, and robot armies, It Came From Outer Space! zooms from one wacky poem to another. As can be guessed from the title, the collection focuses on themes of aliens, astronauts and space. It is a fun and inventive collection and Cookson and Harmer seem to revel in concocting strange and colourful characters and imagining a varied range of spaced themed scenarios to place them in. The illustrations by Carl Flint wonderfully complement Cookson and Harmer’s humorous and often gruesome descriptions of the many alien monsters floating around the pages of It Came From Outer Space!
Two poems that are particularly good are “Greasy Peter Pluto’s Fast-Food Superstore” and “The Worst Place to Find an Alien.” The former lists in detail the space delicacies that can be found at Pluto’s Fast-food Superstore (including lunar mooncheese toasties and sleet and sewer noodlebugs), while the latter reveals that the worst place to find an alien is definitely down the toilet. Despite the collection having two authors, it flows really well from one poem to the next. It is well-written and children will love the entertaining language and onomatopoeic words contained within the pieces.