Coverly, Dave. Night of the Living Worms: A Speed Bump and Slingshot Misadventure. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, 2015. $13.95. ISBN 978-0-8050-8886-1. 122 pages. Ages 5-10. P6Q7
What’s one to do when your sibling is an overachiever? Speed Bump is a sleepy scrawny bird with a large head and wimpy wings and an amazing early-bird brother. Speed Bump worries that he’ll never compare to his brother and that he will always be measured him. Speed Bump’s best friend, Slingshot keeps him positive. They are more adept at working and playing at night. Together, they find themselves in the forest at night where they learn of an evil nightcrawler’s plan to ‘fix the early bird once and for all.’ Will Speed Bump and Slingshot be able to foil this plan and save Speed Bump’s brother? Will they want to? Would this be the answer to Speed Bump’s worries about measuring up to his brother?
Summer 2016 review by Penny McDermott.