Book Spotlight: Superheroes don't Eat Veggie Burgers

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Posted: January 11, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

A boy dressed as a superhero flies through burger ingredientsCharlie Burger has just entered middle school.  He’s accompanied by his best friend Franki, which is good, but he has attracted the attention of Boomer Bodbreath, the school bully, which is bad.

In his first science class of the year, Charlie is disappointed when his teacher asks them to start their year by writing in journals rather than learning actual science.  Mr. P seems to expect this disappointment, and tells Charlie after class that “Words can be powerful.  Believe in their magic and anything can happen.”

Instead of writing about his actual life, Charlie writes a story about a superhero named Dude Explodius who deals with villains like the bullies and annoying sisters in Charlie’s life.

Then Charlie starts to notice things changing around him.  When he writes about Dude Explodius turning his annoying servant into a dog, his younger sister starts barking and scratching behind her ears.  After Dude Explodius exposes the villain Bloogfer’s weakness to everyone, Boomer Bodbreath somehow ends up naked at a school festival.  When Dude Explodius removes Croach the Cockroach’s poisonous tongue, Charlie’s soccer coach loses the ability to speak.

Charlie tries to talk to Mr. P about it, but he just talks about the journal being a kind of catalyst for Charlie, and leaves him to figure things out any further than that.

Then Charlie seems to cause a group of bullies to come down with a dangerous disease, and believes he may have ruined a chance for Franki to visit her father in Colorado.  Even worse, Charlie becomes separated from the journal.

Will Charlie retrieve his journal?  Will he figure out how the journal actually works?  Can Charlie put things right again?

Superheroes Don’t Eat Veggie Burgers, by Gretchen Kelley, is shelved upstairs in the juvenile fiction section of the Children’s Department.

If you enjoy Superheroes Don’t Eat Veggie Burgers, you may also enjoy A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.  Felicity and her family move to Midnight Gulch, a town whose magic has faded.  However, some small snippets of it remain:  an ice cream that prompts memories, the Beedle, and the annual Stoneberry Duel.

Felicity has her own kind of magic – an ability to see words around people and things.  After just a short time in Midnight Gulch, Felicity becomes determined to stay in town and find a way to restore its magic.  A Snicker of Magic is also shelved in the juvenile fiction section.

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