What It Is
Stampede of the Supermarket Slugs, written by Bill Doyle and illustrated by Scott Altman, is a terrific early reader book for boys. It's part of a series of Stepping Stones chapter books from Random House, and as you might expect from the title, it's a pretty funny and outrageous tale. The stars of the story are Henry and Keats, cousins who are enlisted by the mysterious Mr. Cigam ("magic" backwards) to rid the supermarket of giant, omnivorous, alien slugs who have somehow started eating everything in sight. If the slugs are not stopped, it could be curtains for the town and who knows what else. Not being trained exterminators at around 10 years of age, the two boys go through all kinds of mayhem trying to rid the store of the ginormous gastropods. Of course, hilarity ensues. Can they do it, and can they find the bait that will save the day?
Why It’s Fun
This humorous and outrageous storyline is targeted to boys with a level of fantasy and silliness that is completely appropriate. Doyle writes clearly and engagingly with just about the right amount of attitude and suspense for the target age readers. For kids who love to read or boys who may be reluctant readers, this is a very good choice.
Who It’s For
Stampede of the Supermarket Slugs is for ages 9 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Additional Stepping Stones chapter books by Bill Doyle are available and sold separately.