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Friday, January 14, 2011

DC Super-Pets: Midway Monkey Madness - Sarah Hines Stephens

Released January 2011

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Superman's pet monkey, Beppo, must save a carnival from the dastardly deeds of Gorilla Grodd. Grodd is releasing all the carnival animals and people are running for their lives. To defeat Grodd, Beppo challenges him to the games on the midway. There's one rule, Grodd cannot use his mind control to win any of the games.

Soon, Grodd realizes that without his powers, he's not going to beat Beppo. In a full rage, Grodd decides to stop Beppo and Beppo's friend Gleek (Wonder Twins). Do Beppo and Gleek have the skill necessary to stop Grodd for good?

Once again, I see Midway Monkey Madness as delighting advancing readers. There are some tougher words, such as corral, but a Word Power guide defines these words. Overall, the vocabulary is spot on for elementary aged children. Bright illustrations pair with action-packed narrative. Kids who enjoy DC Comic's heroes will love this series.

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