Spider Ham: Great Power, No Responsibility

Scholastic/Graphix. Sept. 2021. 80p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9781338734317; pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781338734300.
Gr 2-5–“A pig with the strength and ability of a spider,” Spider-Ham, a memorable and hilarious Marvel character who was also featured in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, finally stars in his own graphic novel. When the mayor gives Spider-Ham the key to the city (every other superhero the mayor contacted was unavailable), the pig decides to take it with him, instead of returning it. When Spider-Ham discovers that the key is missing, he needs to find out when and where he dropped it. What follows is a fast, funny, and weird adventure featuring Spider-Ham, his alter ego Peter Porker, and a cast of wild characters who are skeptical about Spider-Ham’s prowess—and let him know exactly how they feel about him. Easter eggs will delight fans of Into the Spider-Verse and the Marvel Universe. The art is filled with color and energy, and the action spills over the panels as the story gets more and more zany. The cartoony art style and visual gags will keep even the most reluctant readers entertained.
VERDICT For readers who love Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fast-paced adventures, and funny superhero stories.

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