Galactic Hot Dogs 1: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway

illus. by Rachel Maguire. 304p. (Galactic Hot Dogs: Bk. 1). S. & S./Aladdin. May 2015. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781481424943.
Gr 3–6—The story of a young earthling, Cosmoe, and his alien sidekick, Humphree. Cosmoe and Humphree own a food truck called the Neon Weiner, where they concoct unique and eccentric hot dog recipes. Their story begins at the Intragalactic Food Truck Cook-Off in Space Port Funketoun. Cosmoe and Humphree have created the "best hot dog they have ever made," the Mega-Dog. They are convinced that it is their one-way ticket to fame and fortune, until Princess Dagger, daughter of evil Queen Dagger, attempts to steal their ship and their Mega-Dog. Eventually Princess Dagger admits that she doesn't want to be evil anymore and would rather be friends with Cosmoe and Humphree. The trio embark on an action-packed interstellar adventure that takes them to new planets and introduces to them to a huge cast of alien characters. The book is chock-full of illustrations, adding to the whimsical tone, though at times the crowded presentation of the pages might be overwhelming for some readers. The volume of goofy and silly made-up catch phrases littered throughout the narrative sometimes overpowers the story.
VERDICT This title is best suited to a younger crowd that can appreciate the potty humor and fun illustrations.

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