My Pet Slime: Saving Cosmo by Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Renee Kurilla

My Pet Slime: Saving Cosmo by Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Renee Kurilla, Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2021. 9781524864736

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  4

Format:  Hardcover 

Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

What did you like about the book?  In this latest installment of the My Pet Slime series, Piper, her time-traveling grandmother Sadie, Cosmo the slime, and Piper’s best friend Claire are kidnapped and stuck in a cell at MaLa, a dangerous corporation. The adventure and mayhem are reminiscent of a Scooby Doo episode with nefarious adults and meddling kids. Piper and the crew must navigate betrayal by Clare’s Uncle Ricky, escaping from their jail cell using origami, sliding down a long and twisty slide, a motorcycle race, and a rocket launch to Jupiter. Adding to the stress is the fact that Cosmo is sick. His color is fading and Piper feels the only way to save him is to send him to Jupiter. Thankfully, Cosmo is on the mend by the end of the story, ensuring readers will see more of him in a future book. Each chapter is concise with colorful, engaging illustrations, and the book provides just the right amount of suspense. The end pages detail additional information about Sally Ride, origami and Space X which are featured in the plot of the story.

Anything you did not like about the book. No

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in second or third grade who are looking for chapter books that are easy to read, yet with slightly more advanced plots, will enjoy this series. The twists and turns of the plot and some of the advanced vocabulary may require adult support. 

Who should buy this book?  Elementary schools, home and public libraries.  

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: August 25, 2021

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