Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair
By Michael Berry,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Hilarious brothers let their imaginations run wild.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The boys don't have a good understanding of science or history, so their adventures in time and space are just plain wrong, if enthusiastically delivered.
An active imagination can provide years of fun, but you have to pay attention to safety and possible property damage while enjoying it. Be respectful and clean up after yourself.
Positive Role Models
In their own ways, Link and Hud are positive role models. They're friendly, enthusiastic, and imaginative kids who do the right thing when asked to by an adult. Ms. Joyce, of course, sets the rules and expects them to be followed.
The Dupres are a middle-class African American family with two boys. Jarrett and Jerome want to help them with their side business of hair products. Award-wining author-illustrator Jarrett Pumphrey and his brother and co-author Jerome Pumphery are African American.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence is only make-believe, as when the boys are menaced by space monsters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair, by real-life brothers Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey, is a hilarious comedy adventure about brothers Link and Hud, who dream of hunting yetis, traveling in space, and battling orcs. Link and Hud get into trouble whenever they have a babysitter, so they need someone else to keep them from wrecking the house. The boys may have met their match in Ms. Joyce. There's only make-believe violence, like when the boys are menaced by space monsters.
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What's the Story?
As LINK + HUD: HEROES BY A HAIR opens, the boys are on a yeti hunt in the Himalayas -- until their father interrupts the excitement by telling them to get out of the garage and meet the new sitter, Ms Joyce. Unlike teenage sitter Layla, she's no pushover, and soon Link and Hud find themselves sentenced to 10-minute timeouts in the bathroom. The brothers suspect Ms Joyce is up to no good and want to see her fired. Will pretending to be a wall-crawling spies or videogame characters help the boys do the trick?
Is It Any Good?
Brothers are a good source of zany humor, and this graphic novel will leave readers laughing. In Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair, Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey have created a highly likeable pair of siblings, perfect for exploring outer space and ancient tombs together. As the elder brother, Link takes charge, even as Hud thinks he has everything under control, and it's great fun to hear their bickering. The Pumphreys work together to orchestrate elaborate scenarios that pay off in hilarious ways. Bonus points for jokes about the1980s, which will amuse adults who read along. Link and Hud may be a handful, but they're ready for their next adventure.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Link + Hud: Heroes by a Hair shows the power of the imagination. How does imagination make your life better? Should there be any limits on it?
How do families work together to keep their homes clean? What chores are your responsibilities?
How do Link and Hud show teamwork, curiosity, and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?
- Authors: Jerome Pumphrey, Jarrett Pumphrey
- Illustrator: Jarrett Pumphrey
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Great Boy Role Models, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Curiosity, Teamwork
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Norton Young Readers
- Publication date: March 7, 2023
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 240
- Available on: Hardback, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 31, 2023
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