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Summary: The cutest bomb ever follows a young boy home from school. Right past the Greenspan's house to his door! When he asks his parents if he can keep it, Mom worries that someone might be missing it. Dad says "No." After unsuccessfully trying traditional ways to find the bomb the right home, the family settles on a different plan. This is a picture book for older readers who understand satire. [Think middle grade and up.]
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book.
Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 12 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a picture book with an easy reading level, BUT it is for mature audiences. Although it describes itself as a fractured fairy tale, it is pure satire. Bitingly funny, with an implied but violent ending. More than half the book is spent describing the narrator's assumptions about the Greenspans, as well as his family's feelings toward them. Didn't like the assumptive part. Also didn't like that the neighbors had names but the main characters did not. Overall, it is a decent satire that could be used to illustrate the genre in high school or college.
Pros: Substituting a bomb for a lost dog, this over-the-top story will give teens (especially boys) a laugh or two.
Cons: The concept is original, but the ending will not appeal to everyone.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This isn't a book for every taste. Some will find it funny; others not at all.
Educational Themes: This is a picture book that can be used to introduce satire as a genre. There are enough familiar elements from other stories that readers could comb through the book to find comparisons with stories they know.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - Humor, satire,
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2015
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found at the time of this review. See reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.