Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wedgieman: A hero is born by Charise Mericle Harper, illustrated by Bob Shea

You have to wonder why no one ever though of putting these two wacky authors together and having them make an easy reader before. It's genius!

Veggiebaby is a superhero. He's hungry and looooves vegetables! Despite the warning sign, he plays with his food, but that doesn't seem to bother him because he soon grows up to be Veggieboy! Veggieboy practices his superhero skills; flying, superstrength, x-ray vision, and shapechanging. Oops, maybe not that last one...Soon, Veggieboy becomes Veggieman! He gets a cool new costume and sets out to do brave deeds. Unfortunately a little wardrobe malfunction happens and he has a new name: Wedgieman!

This is a really fun - and funny - easy reader. It's subtle, but not so much that kids won't get the humor. The illustrations and text complement each other perfectly, and as I said these two authors are a great fit. I thought the final story, where Wedgieman gets his new name, wasn't really necessary. It didn't really fit with the vegetable theme and the story was already funny enough without it. However, kids will no doubt find it hilarious and ask for more Wedgieman adventures.

Verdict: Step into Reading is doing some really good things with their new easy readers and this one will be a great hit! Recommended.

ISBN: 9780307930712; Published 2012 by Random House; Review copy provided by publisher (added to summer reading prize books); Purchased for the library.

1 comment:

Perogyo said...

My son is just about this level, and I bet he will love this! Thanks so much for the recommendation!