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|Russell wrestles the relatives|
Author: Johnson, Cindy Chambers
Russell's family of big, brawny, and boisterous wrestlers have him on the run in this celebration of what it means to be a family.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 502033
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2018 Rightly worried that he’ll be “squished like a toothpaste tube” when his relatives—all professional wrestlers—rumble in for a family gathering, pipsqueak Russell tries to hide. But after his mom puts him in a wrist lock and drags him out to face the music, he discovers that he has moves of his own, from a Slippery Sidewinder that gets him out of cousin Cora the Cleaner’s Spin Cycle to a Knuckle Knocker that deflects his cowboy Grandaddy’s Texas Ticklehold. Grammy Dorothy’s Kansas Crusher almost puts him down for the count until he plants a juicy kiss on her cheek that causes the whole crowd to line up for Smackdown Smooches. In cartoon illustrations, Duncan comically exaggerates the size differential between Russell and his outsized clan, kits out the relatives in colorful costumes, and leaves the triumphant tyke with both “a smile wide as a championship belt” and an actual belt to brandish. Young readers might want to consider Russell’s smackdown strategy when facing bouts of their own with huggy, kissy relatives. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.