Tuesday, April 2, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Hashbrown Winters and the Whiz-tastrophe by Frank L. Cole


Hashbrown Winters #4
by Frank L. Cole
Bonneville, 2013
ISBN13: 9781462110568
Middle Grade Humor/Adventure
Grades 3-6
Review copy provided by author for blog tour.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.


Losing to a girl in laser tag is the pits---especially if it's to Melanie "Thumbs" Nottingham. So the Hashbrown gang comes up with a plan that will guarantee their success. But when plans go awry and they're sent to another dimension, it's up to Hashbrown to set everything right. This hilarious installment is sure to keep you laughing to the last page.


I admit when I first started reading this series, I found them to be over the top and eye-rollingly absurd.  But as I've kept reading them I really started to enjoy them.  Hashbrown is a likeable character along with his rather wacky but amusing friends.  And it's not just their names either (Snow Cone, Measles, Whiz) that is wacky, but their unique flaws and strengths.  I appreciated the loyalty and bonds of friendship despite the problems that arise. I think that is the message that shines through loud and clear in these books is the importance of friendship.  I have to say that I've never come across a series with such creative plot twists and characteristics.  

After reading this fourth book in the series, I'm kind of sad that there probably won't be any more Hashbrown and his friends along with Pordunce Elementary. No more Oracle (the original has been replaced by Fibber who lies about everything) giving advice. No more Pordtraz prison or Twinkles pawn shop in the basement of the school.  

I think this particular book was a lot of fun. I mean alternate dimensions where laser tag is a way of life and will be played at any time and any place? What a funny idea! I wouldn't want to do it though, I'm lousy at laser tag, but I can think of boys I know who would love this idea. Overall, a fun series for reluctant readers and those willing to suspend their belief for a couple of hours of great entertainment. Recommended.

 Check out my other Hashbrown reviews here, here, and here.


  1. I'm so glad you liked this book! I really enjoyed it too. :)

  2. I remember your last review of this book too - I guess the series has grown on you in the end! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and for hosting once again. :)

  3. Well, you certainly gained my interest in the series. Nice review. Stopping by on the kid lit blog hop. Thanks for hosting!

  4. Interesting. I have not heard of this series but I know it is a book that would review well on my site. I like your review and that you admitted not being sure about the books until they grew on you. Here from the blog hop. Thanks for joining in.

    Sue @ Kid-Lit-Reviews.com

  5. I still can't go past a book with an MC called Hashbrown. Great you liked this one better. Thanks for linking it in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheers Julie Grasso


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