|Bok! bok! boom! (Kung Pow Chicken)
Author: Marko, Cyndi
Superheroes Gordon Blue and his brother Benny must rescue an opera star from the evil Dr. Screech before he turns her super high voice into a supersonic weapon.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 165716
|Reading Counts Information:
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 53810
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/13)
School Library Journal (03/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (03/14)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 03/01/2014 After accidentally taking a dip in toxic sludge at their uncle Quack's laboratory, second-grader Gordon Blue and his little brother/sidekick Benny gain superhuman--er, superbird--abilities, becoming King Pow Chicken and Egg Drop. Let’s Get Cracking follows the novice superheroes as they search to discover why Granny Goosebumps is selling glowing cookies that, when eaten, cause the poultry population to shed their feathers in a dramatic “POOF!” Bok! Bok! Boom! sees our heroes trying to thwart evil Dr. Screech as he kidnaps opera star Miss Honey Comb, planning to use her voice to destroy the public library, as he has an aversion to quietude. The combination of chickens and kid superheroes is absurdly compelling; primary-graders will chortle over all the poultry puns, elementary-school humor (“Ack! Leotard wedgie!”), and Benny’s smart-aleck asides and frequent exclamation of “Ham and eggs!” Marko’s art is as playful as her text, and Gordon, in his square spectacles and striped tie, and Benny, who is still incompletely hatched and whose only visible features are his eyeballs (seen through a gap in his shell) and his protruding legs, are appropriately both comical and heroic in their depiction. There’s a graphic-novel flavor to the layout, with compositions ranging from double-page spreads to panel sequences (often set against a colored backdrop), while text blocks share duties with speech bubbles in telling the story. The simple vocabulary and small chunks of text make this extremely accessible to the primary-grade crowd, and kids who want something short and funny but are not quite ready for Pilkey’s Captain Underpants or Super Diaper Baby series will find this just their speed. JH - Copyright 2014 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2014 Gr 2–5—In this second book of the series, superhero chicken, Gordon Bleu, and his little brother Benny (still partially in his super-strength shell) come to the aid of Miss Honey Comb, a well-loved opera singer in Fowladelphia when she is chicknapped by the evil Dr. Screech. Dr. Screech plans to use her super-loud voice and his megaphone to shake the city to bits. Gordon Bleu and Benny save Miss Honey Comb and Fowladelphia and make it home by dinnertime. Full-color comic-style illustrations with short blocks of text may help readers transition from beginning chapter books to traditional chapter books. Many jokes and puns will keep the attention of eager new readers looking for a fast-paced, funny adventure with unlikely superheroes.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.