Trubble Town: The Why-Why’s Gone Bye-Bye by Stephan Pastis


Trubble Town: The Why-Why’s Gone Bye-Bye by Stephan Pastis, Aladdin, 2022. 9781534496149

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

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Genre: Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Are you pro-log? That’s the beginning of the zaniness and the story. Milo is the lone remaining orphan in the Trubble Town Orphanage for Troubled Tots. He doesn’t really mind as he creates different themes for different rooms (Room of Infinite Sadness, Room of Remarkable Ideas, Lounge of Lawful Lunacy) in the building. And he cleans, which he takes great pride in.  Every Tuesday Nitroglycerine Nanny, town nanny and maker of dynamite, brings Milo food boxes made from peas that were created by Moneybags McGibbons.  Life is not too terrible until Milo is forced to attend school where he does NOT fit in.  When all the parents are abducted by aliens and the kids take over, they are just as greedy, cruel and ignorant as their parents. Wendy with the purple hair returns to aid Milo in saving Trubble Town with the help of a handful of animals (Squirrel do bad included). How will it all turn out?  Oh, then there’s the Why-Why?  What is it?

Anything you did not like about the book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? All those who read the first Trubble Town have most likely been waiting, as I have, for this sequel.  Dog Man (Pilkey) fans who have gotten a little older would likely enjoy this story, maybe Wimpy Kid (Kinney) and BatPig (Harrell) readers as well.  The mad-cap frenzied zaniness cannot be beat.  High school and adult readers cannot help but note the similarities between this story and that of the political scene in the U.S. from the past six years: fake news being accepted as truth, truth being rejected as lies, adults in charge failing children and other adults with their “greed, selfishness and incompetence”.  Stephan Pastis says the story is suited for ages 8-88.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels (you might also put a copy in the adult section…)

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: August 28, 2022

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