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Summary: Wonkenstein completed his mission and is gone. The next creature to emerge from Rob's closet is Potterwookiee, a mixture of Harry Potter and Chewbacca, the Wookie from Star Wars. Rob calls him "Hairy" for short. They go on adventures together ... even entering a baking contest! Potterwookiee is a good friend to Rob, but will he stay forever? This middle-grade fantasy / mystery series is about creatures who are characters from multiple stories / films.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 11 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: This story is similar to Wonkenstein because Potterwookiee helps Rob through his problems. Their adventures are so cute. The book is funny, interesting, and touching. I loved the way Potterwookiee comforted and helped Rob throughout the story. This is a great book if you are looking for a nice quick read.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: This is a humorous fantasy adventure where friendship takes center stage. Built as a "fast read," even the most reluctant reader will be turning pages.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. These are fun, fast reads. Some kids will likely see themselves in Rob and his closet creatures and want to come back to spend time with them again.
Educational Themes: This is an illustrated series for middle grade readers that (hopefully) will keep reading for fun. That said, there are fun things you can do - like ask kids to design their own closet creature and draw or build a story around it.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, fantasy, humor, series
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.