Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers

Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
April 22, 2014
ISBN
0763669237
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Hooey Higgins and friends are back for another hilarious madcap adventure — this time, their dubious inventive skills are put to the test. Have you ever found yourself in a slightly risky situation and thought, What I really need is a pair of super-protective trousers to keep me safe from crocodiles, flying toffee apples, and log-flume malfunctions? Head for Shrimpton-on-Sea, where Hooey, Will, and Twig are working on an ingenious contraption sure to make the world a safer place: the all-new Tremendous Trousers, aka TremTrows! All you do is slip on a pair of yellow sweatpants, stuff them full of bubble wrap, add some soda bottles topped with balloons, and inflate them with gas from a bunch of mints dropped into the soda. What could possibly go wrong? It’s a brilliant invention guaranteed to win the class prize — tickets to the carnival! Shweet!

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Lighthearted humor is the hallmark of this story. Hooey is a boy with big ideas and grand plans. Twig is his best friend and consistent fall guy, and Will is his brainy brother who graciously helps make Hooey's big ideas a reality. Madcap mishaps ensue, but all in a warm-hearted way. Every character is treated to Hooey's incisive and perceptive narrative. There's a bit of sly rebellion against authority and some pokes taken at a bully, but the overall story is good clean fun. Perfect for younger readers of the genre.

I read this book aloud with my middle school boy, and he not only found it funny and interesting, he really enjoyed the illustrations. They fit well with the madcap mishaps throughout the story and will bring it to life for younger readers.

Where this book really shines is the relationship between Hooey and his brother. Older brothers (especially brainy ones) can often come across as pompous or know-it-all, and that's if they bother with their little brothers at all. In Hooey, however, Will cares about his little brother and commits to helping him without ever coming across as condescending. Readers will enjoy seeing a close knit sibling relationship.

Final Verdict:

Warm relationships, hilarious adventures, and mishaps that will draw in even the most reluctant reader make this story a must for any shelf of upper elementary or middle grade literature.
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