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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Classic action-packed, monster-fighting fun

THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH

From the Last Kids on Earth series , Vol. 1

It’s been 42 days since the Monster Apocalypse began, and 13-year-old Jack Sullivan, a self-proclaimed “zombie-fighting, monster-slaying tornado of cool” is on a quest to find and rescue his not-so-secret crush, June Del Toro, whether she needs it, wants it, or not.

Jack cobbles together an unlikely but endearing crew, including his scientist best friend, Quint Baker; Dirk Savage, Parker Middle School’s biggest bully; and a pet monster named Rover, to help him save the damsel in distress and complete the “ULTIMATE Feat of Apocalyptic Success.” Middle-grade readers, particularly boys, will find Jack’s pitch-perfect mix of humor, bravado, and self-professed geekiness impossible to resist. His sidekicks are equally entertaining, and it doesn’t hurt that there are also plenty of oozing, drooling, sharp-toothed monsters and zombies and a host of gizmos and gadgets to hook readers and keep them cheering with every turn of the page. Holgate’s illustrations play an integral role in the novel’s success. They not only bring Brallier’s characters to life, but also add depth and detail to the story, making plain just exactly how big Rover is and giving the lie to Jack’s “killer driving.” The marriage of text and illustration serves as a perfect example of what an illustrated novel can and should be.

Classic action-packed, monster-fighting fun (. (Graphic/horror hybrid. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 13, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-670-01661-7

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: July 22, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2015

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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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