Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys #5)

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Aaron Blabey, Intergalactic Gas (The Bad Guys # 5), Scholastic Australia, 1 May 2017, 144pp.,  $14.99 (pbk),  ISBN: 9781760279479

The world is ending. The good news? The bad guys are back to save it! It’s one small step for the Sort-of-International-League-of-Good-Guys-Guys. It’s one GIANT leap for the Bad Guys.

The fifth installment of the children’s series The Bad Guys, Intergalactic Gas is sure to be a new favourite for younger readers.

Whilst not a particularly taxing read, the novel is short and sweet- and the care that has gone into each illustration and character is evident throughout. Each friendship develops just a little more as the ‘bad guys’ explore space- with plenty of humour for the kids. Burrito farts and holes in the spaceship all lead to a fun and interactive plot perfect for out-loud reading, and the prominent moral message at the end demonstrates the value of courage, friendship, and bravery to rise above the expectations and pre-conceived notions of others.

As the fifth book in a continuing series, the Bad Guys is a definite read for fans of Andy Griffith’s 13-Storey Treehouse series, and for early chapter book readers transitioning from comic book formats. A fun, enjoyable, and humour-filled book!!

Reviewed by Amy Cooper

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