|Dino trouble (Arcade World)
Author: Bitt, Nate
Travis and Journey are best friends who love going to Arcade World, a mysterious arcade filled with video games no one has ever heard of, so when they learn the danger of the games coming to life they must save the world from pixelated Minibosses. In graphic novel format.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/21)
School Library Journal (04/08/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 04/08/2022 Gr 2–4—Travis and Journey take on a mysterious arcade's sweet dangers brought to life in this fast-paced adventure. The two best friends and rival gamers play every genre of video game out there, including online games during a whole year "when no one could really see each other." When the arcade machine for "Dino Trouble" brings its creatures and dessert-themed trappings to the real world, the two friends protect each other while enjoying the rush of completing each level. Travis, who is white, narrates the book, though the plot beats are also led by Journey, who is brown. Glowing colors and pixelated objects provide contrast for the virtual elements entering the real world. Action is generally of the nonviolent variety, more focused on escaping danger through agility and flying than having to attack anything. VERDICT Turning pages is how young readers will play this game of reality-bending survival, with a teased sequel on the way.—Thomas Maluck - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.