Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford

This is a goofy, entertaining book, and I gave it a rating of three out of five. Jacob Wonderbar is known for getting into trouble and for scaring away substitute teachers. Jacob, Dexter, and Sarah trade a corn dog for an alien's spaceship and zoom off into space. They accidentally destroy a few uninhabited planets (the cosmic space kapow) and are then kidnapped by a twelve-year-old space pirate. They are stranded on a planet that smells like arm pits, and Jacob later serves a jail sentence on a planet of substitute teachers. The kids' hopes to return to Earth are complicated, because radiation and debris from the cosmic space kapow are blocking the way. They may need to turn to Mick's father, the king of the universe, for help.

This novel is not classic literature with a wonderful plot or with an important message about life. It's slapstick comedy in a book. Jacob wants to see his father again, his parents divorced several years ago, and his friendships with Dexter and Sarah are very strong. That is as serious as this book gets. There is a planet with thirty-second days and nights, and another planet that worships mice. The spaceships are able to talk to their pilots, and they are able to be bored and jealous. The story is so strange that it's fun, so don't expect to take anything seriously. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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