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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Sonny from Outer Space: Sonny the Wonder Dog, Volume 1 is a picture book for children written by Pamela Foland and illustrated by Jubayda Sagor. Zork and Zonny were aliens from the Dogstar planet. They were commanders in the Dogstar army. Their planet was in trouble and the inhabitants urgently needed food and other provisions. Zork and Zonny were put in charge of finding another planet that could supply them with the things they needed. Zonny thought that planet Earth would be a good candidate for takeover, and he suggested that he would assume the form of one the fur creatures that he observed humans sharing their lives with.
Zonny had been carefully watching the humans interacting with the fur creatures, and he knew that they took good care of them. Zork and Zonny agreed on a course of action: Zonny would assume the shape of a fur creature and wear a communication device around his neck so he could maintain communications with Zork. Zonny transformed himself into a fur creature just as the doors to his spaceship opened up. A young human girl, Pamela, had been watching his spaceship as it landed on the ground, and she kept watch as he left the ship. She was surprised to see a dog trotting out of the ship, and she knew right away that they’d be great friends. She brought Sonny home to meet Scamp and Bonnie, her other two dogs. Being a fur creature, Zonny/Sonny thought, was really quite nice, after all.
Pamela Foland’s picture book for children, Sonny from Outer Space: Sonny the Wonder Dog, Volume 1, is a heart-warming and entertaining tale about a special dog who’s really from another planet. I had a grand time experiencing planet Earth through Sonny’s eyes and couldn’t blame him one bit for holding out for chicken instead of kibble. Jubayda Sagor’s illustrations are marvelous! I especially liked experiencing the transformation that Zonny undergoes to become Sonny. Each panel is cheerful and brightly colored, and they work perfectly with the story line. Sonny and Pamela’s growing friendship is a joy to behold. This story is especially suitable for introducing the subject of adding a companion animal to a family with young children. Through it, kids get to realize that animals have minds, preferences and personalities, much like they do, which is the perfect start for a grand friendship. Pamela Foland’s picture book for children, Sonny from Outer Space: Sonny the Wonder Dog, Volume 1 is most highly recommended.