Fry Guys

Andrews McMeel. (Fry Guys Bk. 1). Sept. 2023. 80p. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9781524879433.
Gr 1-3–Action, humor, and potato puns abound in this fun-filled hero origin story about a group of French fries who team up to defeat bad guys. In peaceful Spudtown, Waffle Fry wishes for adventure and gets more than she bargained for when UFO-Onion Rings launch a surprise attack. She and her friends Curly and Sweets bravely rally against the enemy, employing creative thinking and collaboration to defend their home. With an upbeat tone well-suited for its young audience, the narrative prioritizes laughs over suspense, and the threat of robotic alien invaders comes across as more antic than terrifying. Bold, cartoonish illustrations and snappy dialogue make this series starter a surefire hit for elementary school readers who have already devoured “Dog Man” or “Narwhal and Jelly.”
VERDICT With zany illustrations, clever wordplay, and laugh-out-loud storytelling, this graphic novel is exactly the right kind of good-humored silliness for emerging readers who are just beginning to discover the fun of books.

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