Hunter Moran Saves The Universe
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Tinwitty Day is coming (soup ahoy). Five-year old Steadman is following (“The stakes are high. One sound and we are stuck.”).The report card is about to breathe its last (and has to be given a proper burial). The dentist is plotting (Hunter and Zack are on his trail). Mary is screaming (the house is out of milk). Linny is shouting (“Where’s the milk for Mary? Someone drank it all?”). William is painting (big globs of paint are everywhere). Mama is in the kitchen (maybe cooking). And Papa is in the office (working). All this in just the first chapter! Oh what an exhausting book already!
Just what the doctor ordered for third grade readers — the book is one long breathless romp through the known world of Newfield, as twins Zack and Hunter try to save the universe before diabolical Dr. Diglio, the dentist, blows it to smithereens. Bombs figure in the story — never mind that the bomb turns out to be a bit stinky. A large cast-iron soup kettle and a hot air balloon are part of the cast of characters. Hunter and Zack are convinced they are on the right path. Haven’t the TV shows convinced them of the existence of dastardly plots and bloodthirsty revenge seekers?
A great read aloud.
About the Author: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/patriciareillygiff/patriciagiff.htm