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Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen for Readers' Favorite
Spud's First Day Surprise (Chompy and the Munchy Bunch volume three) by Nancy Beaule is a fun children's book that follows a young potato named Spud. Spud is beginning at a new school, and it's getting off to a rocky start. He bumps into the teacher's desk and falls over, and people laugh at him. A few people play a prank on him, and they laugh at him. Spud runs away and into the forest. In the forest, he sees the house of the gourds, but he accidentally falls into the window and gets stuck. Meanwhile, his classmates are trying to find him. Will he ever get out of the window?
I really enjoyed reading Spud's First Day Surprise (Chompy and the Munchy Bunch volume three) by Nancy Beaule. The book is very well written and descriptive. The story has many funny parts. The characters are likeable, because the gourds help to cheer Spud up, and Spud kept the rain away from the gourds. The book teaches that sometimes people are teased because they're different, but it doesn't mean they should be bullied. It also teaches that often bullying is based on appearance. The book is very relatable, because many young readers have had to go to a new school, just like Spud. The illustrations by Lauren Goldstein are very well done, and depict each scene vividly. The pictures are also very colorful. Children will enjoy reading this book. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.