Wolfie Monster and the Big Bad Pizza Battle

Graphix/Scholastic/. Jun. 2019. 144p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781338186048; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781338186031.
Gr 2-5–Jackson, Roy, and Wolfie Monster run the Magik Cheez Pizza shop, left to them by their uncle Gary. Despite older brother Jackson’s best efforts, the business doesn’t flourish, thanks to wacky antics and subpar pizza. When the Happy Leaf Corporation comes to Oak Hollow, bringing cheap and tasty pizza and millions of dollars of advertising, the Monster brothers seem doomed to fail. Then their humble shop becomes part of a plot to take over Oak Hollow and the world as customers are turned into Happy Leaf–obsessed consumer zombies. Now the brothers, their neighbors, and Wolfie’s new best friend Bea will need to use their cunning to take down Happy Leaf’s CEO, Lord Mudpant. Zombies, kidnapping, and robot battles with cartoony, Muppet-like characters; colorful illustrations; and zany humor will appeal to younger readers and lovers of the absurd.
VERDICT This ridiculous and fun twist on a well-worn trope will charm the legions of readers who can’t get enough “Captain Underpants,” “Dog Man,” and “Lunch Lady” books

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