Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Science fiction
What did you like about the book? A famous online gamer is about to launch a new game, but the evil robots from the game come to life at the convention center and take over the crowd. Ali-A must save himself and his fans, with help from his trusty little dog, Eevee. There’s a “Press Start” line at the beginning, chapters are Level One, Level Two, etc., and Ali’s remaining lives are represented by hearts at the top of the page, which all mimic the graphics in a real game. The illustrations emphasize the action and are full of movement and energy. The author is a popular online gamer with his own channels, so the main character is based on himself.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The hero, a gamer, is an adult and, although he is the good guy, has no other compelling attributes besides his status as gamer, which makes his character a bit dull.
To whom would you recommend this book? This one is for kids ages 6-10 who like Squish, Batman, Superman.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle schools and public libraries. It is an additional purchase.
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: December 13, 2017