They Came (Hardcover)

By Mark Tatulli

Roaring Brook Press, 9781626723559, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Mark Tatulli, a comic artist and the creator of Lio and Heart of the City, uses bold colors and modern art in They Came, a charming tale about acceptance, sharing, and speaking up for what is right.

When a spaceship lands on Earth, a small town launches into a frenzy.

Why did they come?

Everyone is warned to stay back! But one child realizes something no one else does.

What do they want?

As the spaceship door opens, the answer is revealed . . .

Why are they here?

And a small boy with a big heart shows how unexpected visitors can also be surprisingly sweet.

About the Author

Mark Tatulli is the creator of the Lio and Heart of the City syndicated comic strips, which has a combined run in over four hundred newspapers. He is also the author of the Desmond Pucket series. Daydreaming is his first picture book. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Donna.

Praise For They Came

“This zany comedy, with its over-the-top cartoon figures, will appeal to readers who enjoy Dav Pilkey’s work.” —School Library Journal

“A youthful voice of reason never goes out of style . . . A lightly wacky take on a valuable message.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Adults on readaloud duty will think they’ve stumbled on a remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, updated yet again for a new generation . . . Irresistible.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Artful page turns and big, emphatic pronouncements crank up the melodrama, setting up a climactic finale . . .A timely reminder that it’s just as reasonable, and far sweeter, to expect the best of new arrivals rather than the worst.” —Booklist


“An imaginative and enthralling adventure story.” —Booklist

“[A] surreal, layered picture book [with a] satisfying surprise twist.” —The Horn Book

“A dynamic story.” —Kirkus

Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic:

“I salute Mark Tatulli!” —Lemony Snicket

“Mark Tatulli is one of my favorite cartoonists.” —Lincoln Peirce