Parents' Guide to

The Human Kaboom

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Collection of six wild stories is funny, playful, uneven.

Book Adam Rubin Adventure 2023
Yellow fiery explosion with white clouds on blue background

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Creativity and humor overflow each of the six stories, and while wordplay and crazy situations can capture readers' interest, the stories are a bit uneven and are best read with a break between each. The Human Kaboom is full of heart, compassion, humor, and ingenuity, and introduce memorable characters that are relatable despite their tendency to explode. The names and places are funny to read (especially if said out loud), and the premise of six stories with the same name inspires creativity for readers. The black-and-white illustrations bring life to words and Rubin's final story in the book, the one that hasn't been written yet, is a lovely request for readers to write and send him their own stories. He includes advice on revising and rereading, followed by a recipe for homemade popcorn.

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