How many times this week have you heard, "I don't like to read. I like to play video games?" Well, the ninja publishers have figured that one out and given us a brilliant answer. The unbeatable Branches imprint from Scholastic is bringing us a whole new series guaranteed to entice the most diehard eight year old video game player. "En garde," I say, "En garde."
My friends, the genius solution is.... what if the book IS a video game? HA...game, points, score, win Librarians and Publishers. Don't even try your angles on us you reluctant readers...we have got you right where we want you. Or at least this book does.
Page one...sloppy room with clothes all over the place, toys strewn brilliantly and diverse male character with a handheld technological device which is lit up. See, this is their natural habitat...their comfortable place.
Page two...Press start... speaking in their natural language.
Page three...Animal Town appears on the screen. We are offering up familiar territory and known processes.
Page four... Singing Dog and King Viking characters are introduced...and they look like characters in a video game. What's not to love?
So, during the next 72 pages, King Viking is going to come down with his robot army and steal Singing Dog and make sure no one in Animal Town is singing, dancing or showing any signs of happiness. Luckily, the Hedgehog knows where to find Super Rabbit Boy...a hero who took a Special Bonus Maze Level years ago, found a magical carrot in the center of the maze, chomped it down and became...yes, yes...Super Rabbit Boy.
Now Super Rabbit Boy is going to go in search of Singing Dog but he will have to make it through six levels...yep, yep, levels. Animal Town, Splish Splash Sea, Sandstorm Desert, Cloudy Hills, Mount Boom, and finally most dangerous of all Boom Boom Factory.
What the young video game player doesn't realize is that the librarians have a secret weapon here. You see, disguised as a video game this is a real story. Uh huh...a real story. There will be danger and failure. There will be determination and overcoming obstacles and trying again even when it says Game Over or you run out of lives. Gasp! Yes, Run Out of Lives.
This is a technological device made out of paper and it will come as a huge shock to the young video game animal that he or she actually wants to know what happens...she or he will want to PLAY THIS BOOK!!!
Fabulous! And it's a series!!!!
72 pages 978-1338034714 Ages 5-9
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
"This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
Uh-oh, Animal Town is in trouble! Meanie King Viking has created a dreaded robot army to spread No Fun across the land. On top of that, he has stolen the happiest and most fun animal ever, Singing Dog. There is only one person who can save the day -- Super Rabbit Boy! Super Rabbit Boy is super fast and super brave, but he's also a video game character living in a video game world. What will happen when Sunny, the boy playing the game, loses each level? Will it be game over for Super Rabbit Boy and all his friends?"--from the publisher