Brallier, Max The Wiener Strikes Back (Galactic Hot Dogs Book #2) 288 pgs. Aladdin (Atheneum), 2016. $13.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this second book Cosmoe, the Princess, and Big Humphree have joined the circus, which travels the galaxy. Cosmoe is thrilled that he is going to be a monster tamer. But the friends discover that the alien animals in the circus are being made to mutate into monsters, and its Princesses mom, Evil Queen Dagger, who is ordering that to happen. They know they must help to save all of the alien animals, and Cosmoe has a secret past that makes up him for the task. When Humphree is turned into a mutant, Cosmoe is made to fight his best friend. In the face of overwhelming odds, the friends must do their best to survive and thwart Queen Dagger’s plans. Every single page is fully illustrated, sort of comic style.
I really like this series, the first book being my favorite, but this one is a fun read as well. I think they are just perfect for 3-5th graders who are reluctant readers or need a lower reading level book to read that features lots of illustrations to assist with comprehension. Again, I would say these would be a must-have, but the use of the word Butt is just goofy in this context and not in a good way, its just awkward and out of place. The covers are really appealing and would be a great addition to your Sci-fi collection. As a bonus for us Utah Librarians, the characters visit Utah in this book as well!
EL(K-3), EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.