Chang's Famous Fireworks Factory (Boomtown #1)

Chang's Famous Fireworks Factory (Boomtown #1)
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September 09, 2008
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Imagine a place where everyone's favorite thing to do is blow stuff up . . . that's Boomtown.

This is a humerous mystery and adventure story that kids (especially boys) will love to read Boomtown is the home of Chang's Famous Fireworks factory, the Slush Olympics, the "Fighting Slugs" football team, rocket reindeer, and flying barber chairs. Boomtown is a humorous tall tale about a fictional town and its odd residents, written to capture the attention and inspire the imagination of intermediate readers. It's a fun read. However, underneath the humorous veneer, Boomtown asks and answers the question, "What does a healthy community look like?" The main characters struggle as they learn to trust their neighbors.

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Reader reviewed by D.J. Kleiner

In 1949, Reverend Arthur Button moves his family from California to Boomtown, Washington, the home of Changs Famous Fireworks Factory. Boomtown is an idyllic mid-century town where everyone is accepted, everyone (regardless of age) is expected to have fun, imagination is encouraged, outrageous inventions reign, and fireworks are used at every town celebration.

Written in the first-person voice of Rev. Button, the book is presented as his recollection of his familys adventures, the extraordinary (and kooky) townspeople, and his struggle to be comfortable in a highly energized community. In addition to telling a tall tale, the author weaves in lessons on acceptance, trust, history, scientific discovery, and invention. Hopefully, their playful presentation will encourage young readers to explore some of the topics further.

Even though Boomtown is a fictional town, the book is presented as an authentic account with a map, pictures of people and momentous events, flyers, and invention schematics. These items look authentic, right down to aged corners and coffee stains. The illusion almost works. Just as the illusion begins in the very first pages of the book, it is broken by the placement of the acknowledgements in which the author names his kids between the table of contents and the introduction in which Rev. Button names his kids not the same kids.

Despite a few historical inaccuracies, overall Boomtown is a fun read, especially for boys.

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