Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5
Genre: Science fiction
What did you like about the book? Identical twins Jeremy and Justin couldn’t be more different. Jeremy is impulsive and action oriented. Justin is thoughtful and a bit nerdy. Jeremy wants his brother to leave him alone, especially, to “stop looking like [him].” When Jeremy finds that a cereal box decoder ring gives him powers, and that Cosmic Commandos video game baddies are coming to life, he assumes that he’ll win on his own. As the game gets harder and Jeremy struggles to beat the evil Skorn at increasingly difficult levels, he also fights against the help his brother offers him, until too much is at stake. A humorous and appealing drama between brothers, as well as a battle of good vs evil. I love that the book cover is modelled on a cereal box, promising “whole grain excitement,” “8 essential zarks and ba-dooms” and “2,304 laughs.” Funny and action-packed, with great bold illustrations and lots of great Batman comics-like onomatopoeia.
To whom would you recommend this book? For kids in grades 3-6 who like action graphics like Hansen’s Secondhand Heroes series.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 12, 2017