I loved this book! My Christmas shopping just got easier! I've made sure each of my neices and nephews got a copy! This book was amazing and funny, with an ending that makes you jump! I can't wait for the next book to come out! Benny Alano did a fantastic job and creating a story that is not only orginal, but halariously captivating! I've suggested it to all of my friends with kids; finally reading is no longer a chore and if they had books like this when I was younger, I would of spent more time reading!
Move over "Goosebumps" here comes something meatier. Benny Alano hits a bullseye with this fantastic children's book. The way he pulls off the 1st person, present tense is nothing less than incredible. The story starts strong, builds and builds until the explosive conclusion. Once you finish, you won't know what hit you. You'll reopen and read it again and again. Every time I say the name "Yeti Booger" my kids bust up laughing. "Hand Puppet Horror" is a welcome edition to any nightstand and gets a strong 5 stars from this reader.
I bought this as a gift for a friend's but read it first and I must say I wanted to keep it!!! It was so funny. His mom also loved it. Now if only we would let the poor kid read it! Honestly this book is prefect to share with your kid. It's not gonna give them nightmares but it will encourage them to read as its fun and entertaining!
The name of Benny Alano's bad guy in his new middle grade book, Hand Pupper Horror, describes perfectly the tongue-in-cheek tone of this rip-snorting romp through a great, fun and quick read for kids of all ages. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading, even through the "scariest" parts, and no doubt your kids will, too.
The illustrations by Jessica Geis add a whole other level to this tale. There are two in particular I loved; one where we see Yeti Booger from behind as he's staring up at some trees and the last picture on the last page of the story (I don't want to give it away).
Combined, author and illustrator have come together to share something truly unique and original in Hand Puppet Horror!
My daughter who is 8 read this book and she loved it. She thought it was a funny story. She can't wait to read the next one. I think this was a good book for my daughter to read she wouldn't put it down and could read it for long periods of time which is great inspiration.
With a title like Hand Puppet Horror I just knew Benny Alano's MG book was going to be something unique and fun, and boy was I right!
Fourth grader Jay is a pretty average kid- he has two best friends (Becky and Sammy), lives with his mom and sister, occasionally has a run in with the class bully...oh, and his hand puppet, Yeti Booger, has come to life! At first, Jay thinks this magical event is awesome; after all, Yeti Booger does defend him against a bully. But Yeti Booger quickly becomes the monster he looks like and starts making Jay's life miserable. Along with his two BFF's, Jay sets out to discover how and why Yeti Booger has come to life and must face stupid dogs, principles, witches and groundings to stop Yeti Booger before anyone gets hurt.
Hand Puppet Horror is a super quick read that had me laughing out loud from beginning to end. Alano has created a super imaginative and fantastical story that is a wonderful blend of dark/creepy and fun/humorous. With a very original premise, endearing characters, maybe even a bit of romance and a pitch-perfect voice, readers of all ages will have fun diving into this book.
I'll admit that puppets kinda freak me out, even when they're not alive, and Alano's crazy, alive Yeti Booger puppet is awesome and creepy...it's pretty much awesomely creepy, which will simply delight and enthrall younger readers. Alano's smart, dark yet fun style of storytelling is very reminiscent of the great R.L. Stine. The story itself is fast-paced and readers will not find themselves bored.
The story is told from Jay's point of view and I just loved his very authentic, fourth-grade "voice". Alano has created a character that comes across realistic and believable. With his determination to do what's right, courage, fourth-grade humor and trademark saying "Holy Knickerbockers!", Jay is a charming and lovable character and narrator. I really loved Becky, Jay's BFF (and secret crush), because she's a fearless, up for anything kind of girl who will definitely grow up to kick evil's butt and look good while doing it! And of course, there's Yeti Booger, who is fantastically evil and entertaining. I don't want to give away too much by saying just who is behind bringing Yeti Booger to life, but I do think younger readers will find the twist to be pretty cool.
Jay, Becky and Sammy's adventure is thrilling and downright hilarious, and Alano concludes his book with one heck of a surprise ending that will have readers gasping and wanting more.
I also want to mention how awesome the illustrations by Jessica Geis are! These simple drawings really help capture Alano's story and bring it to life.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Benny Alano's Hand Puppet Horror is full of lots of silly humor, exciting adventure and captivating creepiness that readers of all ages will find irresistibly fun.