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Galactic Hot Dogs, Book 1: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Breathlessly busy space adventure is giddy fun.

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This zany space adventure blasts off at high speed and doesn't let up, rocketing around a fantastical universe filled with space worms, zombie pirates, and malevolent bounty hunters. All that action can be a bit much, however, and some young readers will have a hard time getting their bearings as the story rushes along.

Despite being the first book in the Galactic Hot Dogs series, Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway skips any backstory -- there's no explanation for how Cosmoe came to have a gelatinous blob living on his arm or to pilot a hot dog truck, and neither of these quirky elements seems essential to Max Brallier's snappy story. Illustrators Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley bring the crackling energy of animation and video game design to the illustrations. Like the text, the visuals are so overstuffed they're sometimes confusing. Daffy humor and a great message about being a good person keep this from skidding into deep space.

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