Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review - Snack Attack!

Snack Attack!
by Terry Border
Date: 2019
Publisher: Philomel Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From the creator of the popular world of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! comes a wry and witty story in which no snack is safe from the monster that is the Kid. Perfect for fans of Creepy Carrots and A Creepy Pair of Underwear.

They had been warned of the dangers that lurked outside of their packages, but they didn't care. These three snacks were on a mission to have some fun, and no Monster Kids could stop them. The world of the kitchen belonged to Cookie, Pretzel, and Cheese Doodle--or so they thought.

But when the three treats find a chilling note from Mom, they know it's time to come up with a plan to save themselves from the horrifying threat of the Kid. What should a smart Cookie and her friends do?

Terry Border creates a brand-new, deliciously eerie masterpiece in which the kitchen tables are turned, and after-school snacks become the heroes of a sweet and salty story of survival.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I can sort of see the appeal here, but this book didn't really wow me. Basically, it's a series of photographs of snack foods with wire arms and legs (and glasses) and a story about their legends of monsters (basically, hungry people who eat snacks). There's a cute punny joke about a cheese grater, and mention of the 5-second rule, but other than that, the story is pretty thin. The writing is iffy at times, too, in its use of punctuation and grammar.

The gimmick is cute, and with a better story this might've been more enjoyable for me. As it is, it's just a bit boring. For something in the same vein, you could try Michelle Olson's Norman the Button books.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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