Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Escapades of Clint McCool: Sol-Ray Man and the Freaky Flood - OPTIONAL

Kelley, Jane  The Escapades of Clint McCool: Sol-Ray Man and the Freaky Flood, 90 pages.  Illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner  CHAPTER BOOK Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin Random House), 2017.  $9. Content: G. 

Clint McCool has an amazing imagination.  He believes that his hat helps him to be a superhero and he is especially excited to go to school because he’s going to meet his hero Sol-Ray Man at an assembly. On his way to school, he decides to take the button off his hat that makes him speedy because he can’t wear his hat in school and Clint has to show Sol-Ray man his powers.  The button flies out of his hands and down the sewer grate. Clint McCool thinks that the alligators who he imagines live under the street are now going to have superpowers, so when the water line breaks during school he starts to think of ways he can save everyone.  

The cover of this chapter book looks like Clint McCool is going to have an adventure, but really it’s a picture of him imagining his adventure. I don’t know if kids will buy into this story because it’s sometimes confusing what is real and what is his imagination.  This is the second book, so maybe I’m missing something about his character.  The illustrations are cute and fun, but Clint doesn’t treat others well and the story was kind of boring.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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