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|Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe|
Author: Bransford, Nathan
When seventh-grader Jacob is nominated for President of the Universe, he and his best friends Sarah and Dexter campaign in outer space under various threats.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.50
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 151158
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.40
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 58112
Common Core Standards
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/12)
School Library Journal (06/01/12)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2012 In this sequel to Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (2011), Jacob and friends Dexter and Sarah return to space—this time to help Jacob run for president of the universe. Almost immediately things go awry: Dexter is kidnapped by space monkeys; Jacob selects Princess Catalina as his running mate; and, in retaliation, Sarah defects to rival Mick Cracken’s campaign. Bransford’s commentary on political shenanigans may be too subtle for the intended audience, but they will enjoy the story’s gadgets and broad (bodily function-focused) humor. Several unresolved references to Jacob’s missing father suggest sequels may be forthcoming. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2012 Gr 4–6—Even though Jacob blew up several stars and broke the whole cosmos in Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, 2011), the middle-school prankster has been nominated to run for president of the universe. With his two best friends, Sarah and Dexter, he rockets off on a wild intergalactic campaign. Unfortunately, the Astral media seems to favor his opponent: space pirate, prince, and all-around brat Mick Cracken, who publicly vows an administration devoted to "corruption and scandal. . .foul tricks and dirty deeds." With Princess Catalina serving as Jacob's running mate so he can get the Astral vote and jealous Sarah recruited to fill the same role in Mick's administration, political chicanery is everywhere. However, after Sarah learns that her candidate has allied himself with the fanatical anti-Earther party, Society for Expediting Earther Rapture (SEER), she realizes that if Mick wins the presidency, Earth may be doomed. The breakneck plot zooms from planet to planet and crisis to crisis, and includes berserk space monkeys, trigger-happy SEER thugs, and even bloviating journalists. Along the way, there's some trenchant parody of contemporary electoral politics and sensation-obsessed media, as well as a surprisingly thoughtful reflection on loyalty, friendship, and individual responsibility. Familiarity with the first book is helpful, but not essential, and the cliff-hanger ending will ensure an audience for the next installment.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.