Heroes by a Hair

Norton. (Link + Hud: Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 240p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781324016090.
Gr 3-7–Fresh, funny, and wildly imaginative, this book has everything in one place: graphic novel–style illustrations and prose, semi-autobiographical adventure, humor, and good fun. Two brothers, Hud and Link (Hudson and Lincoln Dupré), are ordinary kids living in a different world by using “active imaginations” in their parents’ world of reality. The brothers Pumphrey have created an action-packed story that is laugh-out-loud funny for middle grade readers. Hud and Link’s parents are trying to start a hair care product business that isn’t going quite the way they’d hoped. The boys get into a lot of shenanigans, hunting for yetis, battling orcs, trekking across planets, climbing high mountains, and so much more. They go through many babysitters, and their parents can’t take it anymore. Finally, Hud and Link’s parents hire Ms. Joyce, an old-fashioned, no-nonsense woman to put the boys in their place. The brothers decide that Ms. Joyce is not the right fit and has to leave. Through many dynamic, black-and-white panels, the brothers decide to come up with a scheme and go against their adversary to get her fired. The boys find a solution to their problem, but is it the best laid plan?
VERDICT Readers of all backgrounds will enjoy this story of two Black brothers growing up and using their imaginations in a unique story full of mischief and mayhem.

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