Children’s book, likely written in later ‘50s or early ‘60s featuring a young boy builds space ship in yard ( garage?) from cardboard box.

  • His dog may talk, may be an alien.

  • He takes his dog into space.

  • Likely black/white illustrations.

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    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 6, 2020 at 16:42
  • Space Boy and his Dog is too late, being 2015
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 6, 2020 at 17:08

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This could be Rusty's Space Ship By Evelyn Shipley Lampman, 1957.

Two kids, Rusty and Susan, build a play spaceship out of junk. But a mysterious person wants their ship, who turns out of be a lizard shaped alien named Tiphia.

Anyway, most of the plot involves, Tiphia, the kids, and their dog travelling around the solar system in Rusty's play spaceship powered by Tiphia's own spaceship.

It is mentioned in other answers:





And my answer to this question about interstellar navigation wonders whether Tripetha ever managed to find his home world.


  • Tiphia is the alien.
    – nebogipfel
    Commented Oct 7, 2020 at 4:39

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