Beware the Ninja Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
Starscape/Tor, June 5 2012, $15.99
These are thirty-two fun middle school ultra-short stories that live up to the title of weenies, warped and creepy to the delight of the upper elementary school aged audience. Henry is a whiz at winning Alien Waterfront but how well he will do when he faces real aliens in “Playing Solo.” Talk about cheesy, “Gorgonzola,” smells and tastes as if a Gorgon is a key ingredient. Arlen shows off to his sister his ability to “Blowout” stars and other celestial objects when he blinks out the moon and several stars. Instead of heeding the sound advice to “Beware the Ninja Weenies”, the student finds them annoying and stupid until he meets a real ninja at school. It’s hard to enjoy “Smart Food” when the broccoli talks to you. All the entries are engaging shorts that young readers, their parents and weenie reviewers will enjoy; as long as we remember to never irritate the witch or the weenie guru (see (The Curse of the Campfire Weenies and Invasion of the Road Weenies) that is if you don’t want to end up a “Beastly” or in a what if file.