The Mighty Bite

Abrams/Amulet. (The Mighty Bite: Bk. 1). Apr. 2023. 288p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781419765537.
Gr 3 Up–Trilobite and Amber are friends who should be extinct, but they’re not. They’d like to be famous, but it’s a while before they learn that they could become famous just by telling the world that they exist! When they discover how to become famous through internet videos, it seems like the answer to their problem. But the quest to create viral videos is just the beginning of a weird, hilarious, and surreal story. Trilobite and Amber become involved in a video-making competition for internet fame that becomes funnier and stranger the longer it goes on. The cast of characters is one of the most unique ever, including a trilobite who dreams of being rich and famous, an ambulocetus (or walking whale), a paleo-newscaster, an ape god, and many, many more. Hale uses only black, white, and pale blue colors, but each panel is packed with details. Plenty of squiggles and shading make the artwork look like it’s vibrating off of the page.
VERDICT For kids who enjoy zany, funny, and smart stories.

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