Beam Me Up

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
44 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2023
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Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

Beam Me Up, written by Fabian Ferguson and illustrated by Trudi-Ann Hemans, is a picture book that tells the story of a little boy with a fantastically wild imagination. Once his momma tucks him into bed and says goodnight, the day is not over for him. This is where the fun begins. He looks out his window at the night sky and lets his mind and his imagination wander. From aliens to robots and dinosaurs, this boy wonders how magical life could be away from the home he is so used to on Earth, and he also learns an unexpected lesson, which makes this story even more touching.

This unbelievably cute story really warmed my heart. The charming story and the beautiful illustrations come together perfectly in this book. As a teacher and a mother, I have always seen firsthand and admired how vivid and wondrous a child’s imagination can be. To see that imagination come to life through these colorful images, as well as the realistic portrayal of his life on Earth, was such a pleasure to see. I found myself sitting there, taking it all in, page by page. Author Fabian Ferguson and illustrator Trudi-Ann Hemans are the ultimate team. Kids will love Beam Me Up while enjoying going on adventures with this boy and having fun with all the creatures in his fantasy world. I can’t wait to read more books from this fantastic duo. They have gained a new fan in me. Keep up the amazing work!

Jennie More

Beam Me Up by Fabian Ferguson is the story of a young boy who dreams about faraway planets and hopes for an alien ship to pick him up and take him to another world where he will meet creatures from the past, present, and future. Together they will have fun, play games, dance, and spend time on the mountain tops. He imagines having the best time in the world; he is the only human there; all his friends are aliens or dinosaurs, and they love to play with him. When his mom finds him playing with all his toys and imagining another planet, she asks him what if the planet he hopes to go to isn’t as great and only serves him boogies and bugs to eat. While his mother learns about why he wants to go to another planet, she tells him that when looking at the stars, she thinks of how amazing this world is because, in this world, she has him.

Beam Me Up by Fabian Ferguson is a creative, fascinating, and delightful story. As much as his mother admires his creativity, she is interested in why he wants to leave this planet to live on a different one without any other humans. Although the reader doesn’t find out, one can imagine his reasons. Perhaps he has no friends or doesn’t feel he fits in. When his mother reveals that only on this planet will she find him, and that’s why she loves this world the most, the little boy may reconsider his trip to another world. Through this story, Ferguson allows children to value and explore their imagination while grounding them in the present.

Joanne Ang

Beam Me Up is a charming little tale by Fabian Ferguson about a young boy’s longing to go to a planet far away from home, a place where everything is foreign yet intriguing. From the toys, the games, the food, and the friends, everything is very different from what he is used to, but that doesn’t stop him from going on various adventures on this new planet. The little boy will soon find out what lies behind the moons and the stars while rediscovering something precious waiting for him at home on planet Earth. At the end of the day, nothing can ever feel like home, even when you’re in the stars.

Beam Me Up is a short and sweet story about the wild imaginings of a young boy. Right off the bat, I enjoyed the beautiful illustrations throughout the entire book. The clever choices of colors give a nice pop to the pages. I really liked the changes in typography in the text, giving more expression and attitude when reading. I also enjoyed the storyline. It was short, simple, and well written, with a valuable message at the end. The flow of the story is smooth, accompanied by fun illustrations, and even as an adult I couldn’t help but turn the pages. This is a creative approach to giving a valuable lesson to young children. I thoroughly enjoyed this gem from Fabian Ferguson, and I can see why many parents would love it.