Galactic Hot Dogs: The Wiener Strikes Back by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley

 Galactic Hot Dogs: The Wiener Strikes Back by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley, Published by Aladdin, 9781534478008, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 282 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Action/Adventure Science Fiction

What did you like about the book? The second of the Galactic Hot Dogs series is sure to delight fans of Brallier’s first installment.  This title can be read out of order; however the storyline overview is not as well developed as in the first book.  Copious black and white illustrations combined with an energetic plot will keep graphic novel fans entertained.  As with the previous installment, multiple font types and a generous dose of onomatopoeia, will keep readers turning pages.  With a brief recap, this adventure begins as Cosmoe, Humphree, and princess Dagger continue their space journey and happen upon Crostini’s Cosmic Carnival.  Everything is fine until Cosmoe is forced to fight a monster bent on destruction of the carnival and all participants.  Calamity ensues as the trio joins Crostini, with Cosmoe as the star Monster-Tamer, and eventually learn about his nefarious plan of mentally subjugating as many cosmic creatures as he can.  Once again Cosmoe and friends are challenged with the task of saving the galaxy and putting a wrong to right as they pun their way through space.  The author does an excellent job of creating a fictitious setting and over-the-top characters that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.  Created planets, creatures, and so much more will have fans excited for the sequel.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The characters are corny and two dimensional.  Some of the pop culture references may not be understood by the targeted audience.  Not a negative, however struggling readers may be overwhelmed by the created vocabulary.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 3 and up who enjoy humorous, highly illustrated, stories like the first in this series or The Last Kids on Earth will enjoy this text.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough of this author, science fiction, or graphic novels.  

Where would you shelve it? Action/Adventure Science Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the middle of a “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: December 31, 2020

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