Invasion of the Living Ted by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove

 Invasion of the Living Ted by Barry Hutchison, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove, Published by Delacorte Press, 9780593174326, 2019

Format: Hardcover, 191 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? This third installment of the Living Ted series will be sure to entertain fans of the former two.  Life is not easy when you have to balance school work and keeping the world safe from a megalomaniac teddy bear, Grizz, with a penchant for computers and world domination.  Lisa Marie and Vernon are just trying to survive the school bully, Drake, when teddy bears start coming to life, again, and cause havoc.  Luckily for them, they still have some friendly teddies on their side to assist in their mission to stop Grizz and his Kong-sized bear from completely destroying London.  Hijinks ensue as the group attempts to invade the teddy’s home base, escape detection, and thwart his evil plans.  Fun and engaging, readers will be hard pressed to put down the title, unless they drop it from giggling too hard.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The characters are two dimensional.  Some of the name references, Ursine Kodiak, may not be understood by the targeted audience.  Some of the vocabulary words such as pedestrian may not be known by the age group for which the book is targeted.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 2 and up who enjoy humorous stories like 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 series or humorous science fiction 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: May 27, 2021

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