Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Pizza of Peril, by John Dougherty and Sam Ricks

Written by John Dougherty, Illustrated by Sam Ricks

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face are siblings who help the kingdom of Great Kerfuffle with their problems. In the third installment of this series, the evil badgers have escaped from jail and found the pizza mines. They begin to mine the pizza and sell it to the citizens of Great Kerfuffle but by doing this it removes the foundation for the library. On top of this more evil badgers take over the mine and do not care if mining the pizza will cause the island of Great Kerfuffle to sink into the ocean, so it is up to Stinkbomb, Ketchup-face, and their allies to save the day.

I originally picked up this book because I believed that fans of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Captain Underpants” would enjoy this book. This was the worst book I have read in years. There is no plot, nothing makes sense in the story, and the author repeats himself at least four times in each major scene and throws in random elements to the story like an elephant. In addition, each page either has huge text that covers half of the page or a whole page is dedicated to a single illustration. This book is 156 pages long but it could have been told in 10 pages. It was a terrible piece of literature and if it was possible I would have given it negative seven stars.

Review by LeeAnne Grover, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★✩✩✩✩ (1 star)
Interest Level: 2nd-4th Grade

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Pizza of Peril
Written by John Dougherty, Illustrated by Sam Ricks
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
160 pages
Release Date: February 12, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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