Rise of the Slugs

Holt. (King of the Mole People: Bk. 2). Aug. 2020. 288p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781250171368.
Gr 4-7–Doug Underbelly has officially resigned as King of the Mole People, and is trying to concentrate on getting his creepy house (situated in a graveyard, next to a stream filled with eels) spruced up enough so he and his dad can sell it and move somewhere normal. But that’s way too much work for one person, so Doug becomes “king” again in order to commandeer some help…just in time to be held responsible for the kidnapping of a giant Bull Slug egg, the failure of the class field trip, and the sliming of the school dance. It’s only when Doug faces his fears and realizes that going through an ordeal (even with someone as strange as his next-door-neighbor Magda) can strengthen a relationship, that he figures out a way to get the Slugs to work together, as well as a way to get out of being King of the Slug People too. Gilligan, author of the comic strip Pooch Café, continues the tale of Doug’s life in the vortex of weirdness with the same sly humor and quirky illustrations found in the first volume. With a bit of hand-selling, these stories will be perfect for kids looking for a little variation on the Greg Heffley theme.
VERDICT Funny stories are hard to find, so purchase both books in the series where humorous fiction is in demand.

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