Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers by Steve Voake

Hooey Higgins is a typical little brother.  (I had one, so I know.)  He always has these terrific ideas.  They might not work out like he planned, but plans can be changed.  And when the main prize for the best invention is tickets to the carnival, how he can he not do the most outrageous thing he can think of to win?

Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to download and read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 22nd, so look for a copy of it then.

Hooey has his friends, his older brother and his grandparents to help him accomplish the project.  His Grandfather gives him an old pair of his Grandmother's sweats to create Tremendous Trousers AKA TremTrows!  

You stuff the pants with bubblewrap to keep you safe from injury, add some soda bottles with balloons on the openings and mix mints into the soda to create gas to move you to safety.  Just don't use too much.  What could go wrong?

As you can guess, the invention doesn't work perfectly.  They don't win that contest.  But they do win tickets to the carnival for a whole different reason.  It's a cute story with adventuresome boys, humor and fun in general to offer.  Why not share it with your young ones and see what sort of fanciful inventions they can come up with?

Happy reading.

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