Read or Die: Book Reviews by Emily

"Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power” by James Kochalka

(Age 6 and up). It’s a beautiful night with lots of stars, so Johnny Boo and Squiggle are playing outside. (They’re ghosts after all, so they aren’t scared of the dark…well, not usually, anyway). Johnny Boo thinks that the stars are a little boring, but Squiggle disagrees—after all, they have twinkle power! While Squiggle goes up to space to see if he can get some twinkle power of his own, Johnny Boo tries to teach the Ice Cream Monster to “Boo,” but it doesn’t go well. Will our heroes escape from the Ice Cream Monster’s newfound Wiggle Power (after Johnny Boo invents it), or will it be up to Johnny Boo’s hair to save the day?

I really enjoyed the second “Johnny Boo” book, and I can’t wait to get the third one. So far, this series has been sweet and funny to the extreme; as an adult, they’re a real treat to pick up whenever I want a break from more serious books. (Why can’t more adult books be about ghosts with funny hair and dancing monsters?) If you read this to a little kid though, just be ready to get up and try out Wiggle Power for yourself. (4.5 out of 5 stars).

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603090150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603090155 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)

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