Title: Let’s Do A Thing! | Series: Victor Shmud, Total Expert! #1 | Author: Jim Benton | Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks | Pub. Date: 2017-5-30 | Pages: 128 | Genre: Kids Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from the publicist for review consideration
Let’s Do A Thing!
MEET VICTOR, TOTAL EXPERT IN EVERYTHING
(except Guy Who Cleans Up Bedrooms)
With his confidence, imagination, and trusty sidekick Dumpylumps (who happens to be a duck), there’s no telling what trouble he’ll get into. Lucky for him, he has a knack for getting himself out of trouble, too. So when he finds himself at the center of an intergalactic conflict, he’s pretty sure the only way out is his top-secret kitchen concoction; his teacher, the extraordinary Mrs. Nozzleburp; and the help of his friend Patti.
Will he be able to save the day and find his way back to class? And just what is he going to do next?
Let’s Do A Thing! Review
I feel like I’m old enough that I shouldn’t get quite the enjoyment out of kids books that I do, but I loved Let’s Do A thing! I laughed my way through it and so did my child. Jim Benton is undeniably talented at creating endearingly ridiculous stories with heroes or heroines that you cannot help that like. My child absolutely loves his Franny K. Stein series, and I think Victor Shmud might possibly edge Franny out of top spot.
Victor is an optimist and a dreamer and totally committed to being an expert at something everyday. He changes his mind on a whim, and he’s not nearly as good as he thinks he’s going to be, but he has fun every day. He’s friendly, cheerful, and has a pet duck that he obviously thinks is a chicken that just hasn’t recognized it is a chicken yet.
As an accidental hero Victor is unbelievably talented in getting help just in the nick of time. As a character in a book aimed at 7 to 9 year olds he’s perfect. However should I actually meet this child in real life he would drive me nuts.
The illustrations in Let’s Do A Thing! are very appropriate for the subject matter. The duck is a perfect companion for Victor. And Mrs Nozzleburp was a pleasure to read. Most of the time it seems like teachers are displayed as having zero patience and being rather evil; however she’s understanding, constantly redirecting kids appropriately and never quite losing her temper. Basically she’s the perfect type of teacher for Victor. And Victor genuinely seems to love her. So, there’s that.
Overall, Let’s Do A Thing! is a great introduction to Victor Shmud, and I think his Total Expert series is going to be a delight to read.