Monday, May 21, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

Jacob Wonderbar
and the Cosmic Space Kapow
by Nathan Bransford

Flap Copy description:
Jacob Wonderbar has had a weird day. First there was the incident with the substitute teacher and the sprinklers. (Okay, maybe that wasn't so unusual for Jacob.) Then he and his best friends, Sarah and Dexter, discovered a silver man and a spaceship in the woods near their houses. Weirdest of all? The man offered to trade his ship for a corn dog! It sounded like a pretty good deal to Jacob, until he and his friends took their new ship for a test ride...and accidentally broke the universe. Now they must fend off space pirates, escape a planet that smells like burp breath - and find a way back home, before it's too late for them and  their friendship.

My thoughts:
When I saw Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow at my local library, I knew I had to read the zany tale. This MG book is the debut novel of author, Nathan Bransford - former literary agent and present online writing guru. If your young reader likes humor, adventure, and a bit of silliness, then  this book is your perfect choice! Mr. Bransford has also included great character development and wonderful dialogue. The pace of the plot slowed a bit in the middle of this hilarious story, but made a nice save by the concluding chapters. Although this is the author's first book, it is clear he is no novice - Nathan Bransford knows his stuff! I would recommend this fun-filled book to readers from the ages of 8 to 12 - especially mischievous boys.

To learn more about this awesome author, click here: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review, Victoria. I'll have to check into this one for my son. :)

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  2. I haven't read Nathan's book, but plan to. You just gave me an idea for a present for my niece's kids. I've followed Nathan for years and figured he would write an awesome children's book.

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    1. Thanks, Loree. This book is actually the first in his hilarious series; if you click on the link I attached, the second book is mentioned - it was recently released.

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  3. Thanks for this review, Victoria. You've got me thinking. Hmmmm, who can I recommend this to (or buy it for.)

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. BTW - I mentioned it being great for boys; if a girl is a bit of a tomboy she'd love it too! Take care ~

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  4. I haven't read this one, but it does sound perfect for that age group.

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  5. I'd forgotten about this book. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. Thanks for this, I've followed his blog and wondered what his book was like. I'll have to give it a read.

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