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Author: Maggie Lyons

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Publisher: Halo Publishing, 2012

Material: paperback

Summary: Rats dropping like rain? Well,that's what Dewi thought when he got hit on the head exploring Carn Merlin. Turns out that "Bomber" was one of Baron Doom's lab rats. One of the ones fed Cornus Ghastly Messus, aka Doomsday corn. With the help of Jones, the science-loving toad, the two set off to save the world from the Baron's evil plan. Plenty of challenges get in their way. Can they do it? This is a short chapter book for reading aloud.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, short chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter kept asking if there were any pictures on the inside of the book. She thought Dewi was so cute on the cover, she wanted to see more of the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is cute. What kept our daughter's interest were the jokes Dewi and his friends shared, as well as the way they played with words. Even though the story is very descriptive, I could see why she would want to have illustrations.

Pros: Fun-loving characters take readers on an adventure to save the world. Who doesn't love that?

Cons: Illustrations would have helped readers who are more visual. Given the target reader (8-10 years old), the pages need more "white space." The text-heavy pages will deter and overwhelm some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Fun to read and a nice bedtime story selection for young listeners. It isn't a book kids will come back to once they have the mystery solved.

If You Liked This Book, Try: STINKY (TOON BOOKS)   HOW TO TWIST A DRAGON'S TALE (How to Train Your Dragon series)   THE ADVENTURES OF BENNY

Educational Themes: This is largely a story for reading together. With the older readers in this audience, you could talk about genetic engineering (particularly as it relates to food).

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, adventure, mystery, humor, middle grade, dragons, friendship

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2014

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