Tuesday, August 1, 2017

BILLY BLOO IS STUCK IN GOO by Jennifer Hamburg.  Illus. by Ross Burach.  New York: Scholastic Press, 2017. 32p. ISBN 978-054588015-2 hc. $16.99     Gr. K-2     E PIC

Science kids will love the big blob of green goo that Billy is stuck in.  It makes a presence on every other page as rescuers of every ability try to free Billy from the sticky mess.  A cowgirl gets stuck, along with an acrobatic troupe, a pirate, a magician, and more.  This cumulative story summarizes everyone who's stuck after each failed attempt at rescue.  Hamburg creates perfectly metered rhyming text that is predictable enough for youngsters to fully participate in the story.  Combined with Burach's lively cartoon illustrations and realistic green goo, the pages will come to life for young readers.  Enjoy the fun!
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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