The Wiener Strikes Back

illus. by Rachel Maguire & Nichole Kelley. 288p. (Galactic Hot Dogs: Bk. 2). S. & S./Aladdin. May 2016. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781481424967.
Gr 4–7—The heroes of this series are back for another space traveling adventure. Cosmoe, along with Princess Dagger and Big Humphree, encounters a mysterious carnival run by the eerie Crostini. When the group stop a horrific monster from destroying the carnival, they get jobs at the circus. Cosmoe finds out that Crostini is in cahoots with an evil figure from their past, and it's up to the Galactic Hot Dogs to foil the diabolical plot and save the universe. Fans of the first book and the original source material (a popular online presence) will eat this up. Those who haven't read the first title will be lost, as there is little to no background information given. Readers of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and those still obsessed with all things Star Wars will enjoy this silly romp through space.
Cosmoe the Earth-Boy and his Galactic Hot Dogs business partners are trying to enjoy a trip to Crostini's Cosmic Carnival and Wonder Circus. But the event becomes an intergalactic battle when Crostini's evil circus monsters attack and it's up to Cosmoe to save the day. Energy-packed comics-style art advances the action in this second hilarious but frenetic installment.

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