Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Rating: 3 stars
Well, good news: this superhero book is not violent. It is pretty silly, but not laugh-out-loud hilarious. Maybe it was before the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems taught us what a really funny book was like... But we've been ruined for life by those great books! All other silly books are just...a little silly. Like those cards that are in the "almost funny" category.
Anyway, this is just the first book of eight, and two of the ones we've ordered from the library have won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book award, so... maybe this first one was a warm up for Tedd Arnold. I'm happy to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Here's the story: a boy named Buzz writes a story about himself and his friend, who happens to be a fly. In his story, he wakes up one day as the same size as his buddy, and finds that both of them are superheroes. What fun! They go on a silly adventure where their house was carried off by pirates and placed in a dragon cave (hate it when that happens). To outsmart the pirates, they move the sleeping dragon, wake him, and use his flames to scare away the pirates. I like the David and Goliath aspect to this.
The pictures are cute--the duo have enormous eyes and happy faces. Ben and Lorelei both liked the book, but didn't love it. I'm curious what the others are like...the rest of them are headed to our local library as I type!