Lunchroom burritos fuel superpowers in a series blastoff aimed at alimentary readers.
When the disappearance of his homemade pickles-and-sauerkraut sandwich forces him to buy lunch (“Horrified gasps erupted around the table”), Darren Stonkadopolis proceeds shortly afterward to issue a “burrito blooper from below the belt” so fiery that his seat melts. The widely feared Five-Bean Burritos cause different but equally powerful effects in three fellow students at Harry Buttz Elementary School. Who is stealing lunches, and why? Can Darren and the others learn to control their vicious vapors and get to the bottom of the mystery? It doesn’t take long to sniff out the culprit—Harry Buttz II, noxious grandscion of Buttzville’s founders—and (literally) poot paid to his scheme to steal a magical butt scratcher that will spread his itchy family curse to the whole town. Illustrations are frequent but were not seen in finished form.
Readers who get a gas from such relentlessly fart-sical humor will come away with aching cheeks. (Fantasy. 8-10)