King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong

illus. by Andy Riley. 224p. Holt. Mar. 2018. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781627798112.
Gr 2–4—Hilarious adventures abound in the second book of the series. King Edwin Flashypants, who is still just a nine-year-old boy, and his subjects are trying to curb their penchant for sweets by eating the recommended 50 vegetables a day. When King Edwin hears that a monster called the Voolith is terrorizing the people in the Wilderness of Crong, he vows to beat the Voolith in single combat. This opens the door for his former nemesis, Emperor Nurbison, to try once again to take over his kingdom. This book begs to be read aloud. Zany plot twists and goofy dialogue will keep young readers laughing and engaged. The larger typeface and ample white space make it a comfortable read for newly independent or even reluctant readers. Black-and-white illustrations on almost every page highlight the action of the story.
VERDICT Purchase where the first book circulates or where chapter book shelves are in need of a humorous new series.

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