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Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe Hardcover – April 12, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Jacob Wonderbar Series

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"[Readers] will enjoy the story's gadgets and broad (bodily function-focused) humor." — Booklist

"Bransford's second slapstick space saga is as much fun as the first." — Kirkus

"The breakneck plot zooms from planet to planet and crisis to crisis, and includes berserk space monkeys, trigger-happy SEER thugs, and even bloviating journalists. Along the way, there's some trenchant parody of contemporary electoral politics and sensation-obsessed media, as well as a surprisingly thoughtful reflection on loyalty, friendship, and individual responsibility. The cliff-hanger ending will ensure an audience for the next installment." — School Library Journal

About the Author

Nathan Bransford (www.nathanbransford.com) is a social media director and writes a popular blog about writing and publishing. You can find him on Twitter (twitter.com/ NathanBransford)! He lives in San Francisco, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jacob Wonderbar (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735385
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel, Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and now works in finance. He lives in New York City.

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If you're into children, space travel, trust, respect and honor between friends, families and neighbors, combined with a fun, uplifting story then read Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe.

I know, children's stories have most of those ingredients in the recipe of plotting relevancy and entertainment, but Jacob's chronicle is out in the Universe not just on planet Earth.

In this second book of the Wonderbar trilogy, Jacob, Sara and Dexter continue their adventures in space, traveling in space ships that talk and have emotions. Running for the position of President is serious business and at the beginning Jacob said to his friends, "No more pranks. No more tricks, no more practical jokes, no more breaking rules." Little to his knowledge, none of that applied to his opponent for the Presidency, none of that applied to less ethical peoples in the Universe. Jacob and friends were in for a fabulous, uneven, crazy, devilish race...but not for the Presidency...for survival. Oh yeah, look forward to the introduction to the space monkeys.

I'm purchasing Jacob Wonderbar's trilogy for myself. One time long ago when my son was two years old I had written a few short stories titled Green & Purple Monsters. They were tales depicting how ugly judgmental attitudes would lead the most ethical and moral child astray. I didn't publish them because they were too personal.

I'm Ben Campbell, the author of seven urban adventure novels. They are available for preview and purchase as amazon Kindle and paperback editions.
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This is the second book in the "Jacob Wonderbar" series. I read the first book, "Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow" last year and LOVED it!!! (The title alone is awesome!). So, I was anxiously awaiting installment number two and excited to learn more about the characters and get the answers that were left hanging from the first book.

So, let me kind of break down my review into two parts.

PART ONE - The Campaign

I was laughing so much for so many of Bransford's insights into politics, politicians, media and voters. He's able to poke fun without being offensive, and while I think a lot of the political humor will tickle an adult's funny bone more than a kid's, I do think it would offer a delightful introduction to the world of politics, etc., and a jumping off point to get kids to learn the ins and outs, the goods and bads, of politics, government and campaigns. So, for these parts I was delighted by the story!

PART TWO - The story and characters

There was nothing wrong with the story, and nothing wrong with the characters. But overall I felt that things didn't progress as much as I'd like. The campaign plot came and went but I didn't really feel it left our main cast of characters any different because of it. And, a testament to the first book, I just wanted more. More insight with the characters, more of their thoughts and feelings, and more reasons to their actions. I remember thinking that the first book could have been a little longer, that I wouldn't have minded a little more to each chapter, but I understood it's a middle-grade book and that the style was meant to clip along at a quick pace. But, I feel that the same pace was attempted here but was just *too* clipped.
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I loved the first Jacob Wonderbar book, and Bransford's second book continues the series wonderfully! It does start a tad slow, but then it quickly moves into fast, quick, and funny action. Adults will really enjoy the sly take on both the election process and the media, and kids will love the humor, fast pace and great characters.

Some of the lines are laugh out loud funny. My favorite is: "We don't negotiate with space monkeys". Ha!

The story takes some surprising twists and turns, and in the meantime the characters learn alot about themselves and grow closer together. As with the first book, there are some underlying themes about knowing yourself, gaining courage and loyalty to friends. The romance is also slowly unfolding through the trilogy, which is fun.

The satire of the election process is quite clever, and there are send-ups of the media that I thought were dead on point. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think kids will be hooked. Kudos to the author! Can't wait for the third book.
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