Monday, August 28, 2023

Happy Book Birthday, Optimus Prime and Megatron's Racetrack Recon by Ryder Windham!

It's been a little while since I've been able to shout-out a book birthday. Summer does tend to be a bit slower in the book world...everyone goes on vacation? Today's read stems from the latest Transformers movie release and promises young readers familiarity and reading fun. Let's see how it does, shall we?

Transformers EarthSpark
by Ryder Windham
Illustrated by Patrick Spaziante
Simon Spotlight
Chapter Book Science Fiction
59 pages
ages 4 to 8

Transformers: EarthSpark is a kids animated series from Nickelodeon and Hasbro introducing the first Transformers bots to be born on Earth, now airing!

Follow the beloved characters on a new adventure in this action-packed chapter book with an all-new, original story!

A big auto race is happening nearby, and G.H.O.S.T. has a top-secret mission for Optimus Prime and Megatron: make sure there are no rogue Transformers robots competing in their alt modes. At first, Optimus Prime and Megatron figure this will be an easy mission…until they arrive and discover Bumblebee, the Terrans, Robby, and Mo all at the racetrack. If G.H.O.S.T. finds out about Bumblebee and the Terrans, everyone’s cover will be blown! Can Optimus Prime and Megatron work together to save the day and keep everyone’s secret safe?

TRANSFORMERS © 2023 Hasbro. Transformers: EarthSpark TV series © 2023 Hasbro/Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.



With just a little tension and more than a few favorite characters, this is a quick adventure to raise reading enthusiasm.

Yellow cars have been winning all sorts of races recently, and G.H.O.S.T. fears this may not be a coincidence. Optimus Prime, Megatron, and other agents are sent on a mission to make sure there aren't any rogue Transformers taking part in the races. The biggest fear is that Bumblebee might be involved, although he should be taking care of the kids and Terrans back at the farm.

This books comes out after the latest movie and is sure to grab the interest of young Transformer fans.
There are five chapters, each one fairly short and easy to read, while holding an interesting story. The font is larger than usual, making for easier reading. Then, there's the illustrations, which not only follow the well-known characters but let the scenes come across visually to aide young readers in understanding the text. Plus, they are enjoyable to look at.

 The characters are familiar from the movie and stick to the personalities they are known to have. The situations is tense enough to make the story interesting and, still, very age appropriate. It's a nice way to lure in even reluctant readers and let them enjoy another Transformer adventure on their own.

And here they are...

Ryder Windham is a science fiction author who has written over sixty Star Wars books as well as titles for the Indiana Jones and Transformers franchises.

Patrick Spaziante is an American comic book artist and children’s book illustrator known for his work for Archie Comics, in particular his interior pencil and cover work for Sonic the HedgehogSonic X, and Sonic Universe.

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