Fans of the series will enjoy this latest entry.

THE DRAGON'S DOOKIE

From the Fart Quest series , Vol. 3

A trio of heroes prove themselves yet again.

After a month of recharging in the village of Conklin, Fart, Moxie, and Pan are ready to get back to work, and they are soon contacted by the Great and Powerful Kevin for yet another ridiculous quest. This time, however, Pan is apprehensive of Kevin’s purpose for these magical artifacts and wants no part in his schemes—and her friends back her up. Until Kevin offers Pan something she cannot decline: a chance to see her deceased mother one more time. The brave trio—and TickTock, their phibling friend—venture to the highest peak of the Frostflung mountains to find the dragon Glacierbane and search his poop for a supercharged magical item. Along the way they meet pink-haired noble knight Seraphim and Sparkles, her talking spoonicorn (not to be mistaken for a unicorn). Fart doesn’t know if he’s jealous or if his instincts are correct, but something feels not quite right about them. Either way, hazardous happenings await as they battle shroomies, bots, and more, all the while learning to be better friends and making new ones. Fart’s whimsical, first-person perspective thrusts readers into the fantastical Fourteen Realms as they follow his growth as a mage and friend. Although somewhat formulaic, the story is still an enjoyably amusing read that will keep readers immersed in its brisk pace. Final illustrations not seen.

Fans of the series will enjoy this latest entry. (map) (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 14, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-250-20644-2

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Review Posted Online: July 8, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2021

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Series fans, at least, will take this outing (and clear evidence of more to come) in stride.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS

From the Captain Underpants series , Vol. 10

Zipping back and forth in time atop outsized robo–bell bottoms, mad inventor Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) legs his way to center stage in this slightly less-labored continuation of episode 9.

The action commences after a rambling recap and a warning not to laugh or smile on pain of being forced to read Sarah Plain and Tall. Pilkey first sends his peevish protagonist back a short while to save the Earth (destroyed in the previous episode), then on to various prehistoric eras in pursuit of George, Harold and the Captain. It’s all pretty much an excuse for many butt jokes, dashes of off-color humor (“Tippy pressed the button on his Freezy-Beam 4000, causing it to rise from the depths of his Robo-Pants”), a lengthy wordless comic and two tussles in “Flip-o-rama.” Still, the chase kicks off an ice age, the extinction of the dinosaurs and the Big Bang (here the Big “Ka-Bloosh!”). It ends with a harrowing glimpse of what George and Harold would become if they decided to go straight. The author also chucks in a poopy-doo-doo song with musical notation (credited to Albert P. Einstein) and plenty of ink-and-wash cartoon illustrations to crank up the ongoing frenzy.

Series fans, at least, will take this outing (and clear evidence of more to come) in stride. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 15, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-545-17536-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2013

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A sympathetic, compelling introduction to wolves from the perspective of one wolf and his memorable journey.

A WOLF CALLED WANDER

Separated from his pack, Swift, a young wolf, embarks on a perilous search for a new home.

Swift’s mother impresses on him early that his “pack belongs to the mountains and the mountains belong to the pack.” His father teaches him to hunt elk, avoid skunks and porcupines, revere the life that gives them life, and “carry on” when their pack is devastated in an attack by enemy wolves. Alone and grieving, Swift reluctantly leaves his mountain home. Crossing into unfamiliar territory, he’s injured and nearly dies, but the need to run, hunt, and live drives him on. Following a routine of “walk-trot-eat-rest,” Swift traverses prairies, canyons, and deserts, encountering men with rifles, hunger, thirst, highways, wild horses, a cougar, and a forest fire. Never imagining the “world could be so big or that I could be so alone in it,” Swift renames himself Wander as he reaches new mountains and finds a new home. Rife with details of the myriad scents, sounds, tastes, touches, and sights in Swift/Wander’s primal existence, the immediacy of his intimate, first-person, present-tense narration proves deeply moving, especially his longing for companionship. Realistic black-and-white illustrations trace key events in this unique survival story, and extensive backmatter fills in further factual information about wolves and their habitat.

A sympathetic, compelling introduction to wolves from the perspective of one wolf and his memorable journey. (additional resources, map) (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: May 7, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-289593-6

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2019

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