BOK! BOK! BOOM! by Cyndi Marko


From the "Kung Pow Chicken" series, volume 2
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Age Range: 5 - 7
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Fowladelphia is under attack by Dr. Screech. Can Kung Pow Chicken save the day?

Gordon Blue may appear to be an average, ordinary second-grade chicken, but not long ago, he and his brother, Benedict, fell into a vat of toxic sludge in their uncle’s lab and emerged with superchicken powers. Gordon and Benny now have secret superidentities: Kung Pow Chicken and Egg Drop. In series opener Let’s Get Cracking (2014), they put Granny Goosebumps away for her evil plot to make money off of featherless chickens. Now, they have to keep their secret identities secret (especially from their mom), and nosy reporter Sam Snood is trying to expose them. When opera singer Honey Comb is chicken-napped by Dr. Screech during a performance, Kung Pow and Egg Drop crack into action. Dr. Screech gets away. Unfortunately, Sam Snood snaps some pictures and insinuates that Kung Pow is in cahoots with Dr. Screech! The boys have to enlist Uncle Quack’s help to hunt down the nefarious evildoer. Can they save the opera and Fowladelphia and clear their names? Marko’s second of four Kung Pow Chicken high-interest, fast reads for the just-ready-for-chapters reader continues Gordon’s adventures nicely, with plenty of punny action in the colorful mix of comic panels and short paragraphs of text.

Fans will be glad Kung Pow has at least two more adventures on the way. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 25th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-61064-3
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Branches/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2013


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