HASHBROWN WINTERS AND THE WHIZ-TASTROPHE
Hashbrown Winters #4
by Frank L. Cole
Middle Grade Humor/Adventure
Review copy provided by author for blog tour.
All opinions expressed are solely my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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
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 No more Oracle (the original has been replaced by Fibber who lies about everything) giving advice.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.