Heroes of Googley Woogley: 06/07/09
Last week I reviewed The Sneakiest Pirates by Dalton James and now I'm back to review the sequel, The Heroes of Googley Woogley.
The book begins right where the last one ended. Pete and his dad are now famous rock stars but they long for something more. They decide to use their new found wealth to go on a new adventure. What better way to have an adventure than to be come astronauts?
The space adventure that Dalton James imagines is surreal and humorous. The red and blue world of the Soodo and Soodont peoples reminds me of the off the wall space adventures from Danger Mouse.
Despite the goofiness of the planet Googley Woogley the conflict between the Soodos and Soodonts is a good starting point for discussing war, slavery and bulling with children. Like The Sneakiest Pirates the resolution isn't clean cut. With the pirates, their gold is still stolen property and now on Googley Woogley the oppressed become the oppressors, though in a less heavy handed way. In that regard, I am also reminded of The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss.
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books | childrens | Dalton James | 2009