School's out and there's lots of time now for both active fun and more sedentary pursuits, like reading. Thankfully Boo loves to read, and he has a few favourite series he follows. But we're always looking for new ideas. Reading is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon, or a sunny one, relaxing on the beach or sitting in the shade of our big cherry tree. If you have a reluctant reader, particularly in the tween stage, I find graphic novels are often a great place to start. The mix of text, speech bubbles and cartoon panels break up the reading enough to engage kids who aren't thrilled by a full page of just words.
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Weiner Getaway is a new release, and the first in a series of graphic novels written by Max Brallier and illustrated by Rachel Maguire. Cosmoe, the "Earth-Boy" is captain of the Neon Weiner, a space food truck, which he shares with his buddy Big Humphree, a former space pirate. His days are filled with adventure, hot dogs, video games, and all sorts of things a tween boy would love.
In this first book of the series, Princess Dagger, daughter of the Evil Queen, stows away on the Neon Weiner, angering her mother who believes her to be kidnapped. Princess Dagger claims she doesn't want to be evil and begs Cosmoe and Humphree to take her with them on their adventures. What to do? Is she telling the truth? You'll have to read it to find out :)
While the crew of three races across the galaxy, trying to evade the Evil Queen, they stumble upon a mysterious partial map, which will lead them to the Ultimate Evil. Things get a little crazy when a messed up transmission leads all the bad guys in the galaxy to think they have a treasure map - and the chase is on!
Boo loved this book and has started asking when the second will come out. (Answer - I really don't know!) I read through as well, to check for anything inappropriate or worrying, and found nothing. Cosmoe and his friends do use a number of made-up expletives of sorts, but they are cute words and phrases like, "Aww smudge!" Nothing to worry about there.
Galactic Hot Dogs was released just last month from Simon & Schuster, and is recommended for ages 8-12. It would be a great summer read for the tween in your life!
Disclosure: I received an advance copy for the purposes of review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family. This post contains an affiliate line.