Brallier, Max Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway (Galactic Hot Dogs Book #1) 304 pgs. Aladdin (Atheneum), 2015. $14.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears; lots of fake swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Cosmoe the Earth Boy and Big Humphree own a space ship food truck that serves hot dogs. For a contest they make a giant hot dog, and its stolen! They end up with the thief on their ship, an evil queen on their tail and more than they bargained for. Things amp up when they find a ‘treasure’ map and accidentally let the whole galaxy know they have one. Now they are in a race to gather the pieces to solve the puzzle, get away from the queen and stay out of the sight of their fellow treasure hunters. Every single page is fully illustrated, sort of comic style, with lots of action and variety.
I would have rated this book as Essential except for the inclusion of many awkward fake swears and tons of super cringe worthy uses of the word 'Butt'. Honestly its such a great book, but it feels like someone asked the author to go back in and ‘gross’ it up, which ended up with the same feel of an aging adult using teenage slang in a bad sitcom. Luckily it’s not too often, but it could have easily been excluded. This is the perfect book for a reluctant reader, its filled with top notch illustrations, its fast paced, fun, interesting, creative, and has a bit heart! I dreaded reading this book because of the title, I thought it would very nonsensical and silly, but I found I loved this book!EL(K-3), EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.