Rise of the Balloon Goons
by Troy Cummings
5 things I love about this early chapter book:
- It’s neatly plotted–the mystery is all tied up with no loose ends.
- I love the pages out of the monster notebook–the forkupine is my favorite!
- I’m not a big reader of graphic novels,?but this novel has just a hint of?that approach–visually super interesting, but still a novel…not a graphic novel.
- Clues are planted throughout, so discerning and mystery-loving readers will be able to try to figure out who is who and what’s going on
- I always knew those balloon-twisty creatures outside the oil change place were creepy. Now I have proof.
Summary from Goodreads: Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word “DOOM” inscribed on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons–unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illlustrations, and of course . . . monsters!
(Review copy provided by my amazing Maple Grove Public Library.)
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Disclaimer: This is MY opinion only! This does not reflect any Cybils discussion nor the opinions of the other Cybils panelists or judges. Perhaps I’ll share some titles everyone else on the panel hates! Perhaps I’ll share ones everyone has fallen in love with. I’ll never tell, and you’ll never know:>)