I received this book via Publisher, YA Book Central. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Game of Scones by Eric Luper
Illustrator: Joe Whale
Series: Bad Food #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2021-09-28
Length: 160 pages
Reviewing ARC from Publisher, YA Book Central
Somewhere deep within the walk-in pantry at Belching Walrus Elementary lives an array of different foods that live in harmony. There are baskets of fruits and veggies, a cooler filled with chocolate milks and apple juices, and a freezer for ice-creams and yet-to-be-nuked chicken fingers.
One day, the Supplies from the Principal's office show up and insist on sharing the coolness of the cooler. Their ruler is a ruler (pun intended) named Baron von Lineal. The Baron argues that they work harder than anyone in Belching Walrus Elementary while food just sits around. As such, the residents of the pantry have no choice but to open their doors. Anyhow, there's plenty of room in the cooler for everyone, right? Wrong! The Baron and his cohorts take over the pantry in no time!
To free their fellow food, it's up to three young heroes Slice, Scoop, and Totz to venture out of the pantry and foil the Baron's plan for good. It's an epic, hilarious story kids will love.
This fun, imaginative series will spur the creativity of kids worldwide. Highly illustrated with big black-and-white pictures from Joey on every page, this series will be sure to resonate with kids worldwide!
Game of Scones is the first book in a new series from illustrator “The Doodle Boy” Joe Whale and Eric Luper. Here readers are introduced to the food in the cafeteria at Belching Walrus Elementary. The story follows Slice (pizza), Scoop (ice cream), and Totz (a tater tot) as they battle for independence from the Main Office, specifically Baron Von Lineal (a ruler). Creativity and imagination abound in this story, filled with all the things from school and what they get up to when the students are away.
What I Enjoyed:
I really enjoyed the creativity and liberties taken in the story. This is a Game of Thrones style showdown, complete with a “Blue Meeting” and epic betrayals. I particularly enjoyed the use of items found at school as the characters: food from the cafeteria, office supplies from the main office, books from the library, instruments from the music room, gym equipment and art supplies. Each group of items makes up its own tribe within the school, and the action is driven by the Main Office’s need to rule them all.
What Left Me Wanting More:
While the creativity and art throughout the book are engaging, I needed more clarity among the characters. There are times it is confusing about which character is speaking or leading the charge, and the art doesn’t always match what’s happening on page.
This book is billed for ages 6 and up, however the language used and action that takes place is more appropriate for upper elementary, even middle grade. I don’t believe that it will hold a younger reader’s attention as it would an older one.
Final Thoughts: Game of Scones is a fun, creative story that will engage older readers and leave them wondering what happens at school when they aren’t there.