This is a cute easy chapter book that would appeal to boys in particular. Strange things are happening in Alexander’s new town and the cause is an uprising of those balloons that wave back and forth in front of stores, etc. I love that the author took something so common and made a fun mystery that has a horror movie feel to it but isn’t really scary. Great for readers in 1st through 3rd grade, and especially for boys. This is the first in a series so it will be fun to see what “scary” monsters Alexander runs into next.
Review by Jennifer Porter, Crestview Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: 1st-3rd
Rise of the Balloon Goons (The Notebook of Doom, #1)
Written and Illustrated by Troy Cummings
Release Date: June 25, 2013
ISBN: 9780545493239 (paperback)