Cyndi Marko has created an hilarious hero for the primary grades. In Fowladelphia, the "City of Featherly Love," live Gordon and his little brother Benny. But they are not your average young chickens. They fell into a vat of toxic sludge in their Uncle Quack's lab and now they are Kung Pow Chicken and his sidekick Egg Drop. Filled with one-liners about getting leotard wedgies from their costumes and little old ladies tossing their cookies, this adventure has a superhero that is part Spider-man, part Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and part Captain Underpants. The dynamic duo pedals around on their Beakmobile (Big Wheel) and keeps the city safe from villains like Granny Goosebumps (who is a bad egg).
This is the first book in the Kung Pow Chicken series. The series is a part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches. It is written for readers in lower elementary grades, but has humor that will appeal to older siblings and adults, too. There are full-color illustrations on every page to show all the superhero action. The story is face paced, entertaining, and full of laughs.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. The book will be published on January 7, 2014. *A copy has been added to the library from our spring book fair as of 2/21/2014.