The Fruits Get Political

Vip Fruits book series

Children - Action
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/08/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In the children's book The Fruits Get Political, written by Adam Musselmani and illustrated by Laura Liberatore, a whimsical tale unfolds as Berry, the magician fruit, performs tricks, sparking Albert's interest in running for neighborhood leadership. Seeking guidance from Parker the pickle, Albert uncovers suspicious behavior, leading to a revelation of Parker's deceitful intentions. As the election approaches, the emotional temperature rises, with Parker's violent plans exposed and his assistant, Fernando, abandoning him. As chaos caused by a giant ketchup bottle ensues, Albert rallies support and confronts Parker in the election, ultimately defeating him. Despite initial conflict, Albert and Parker reconcile, with Parker accepting responsibility for his actions and facing the consequences, fostering a newfound respect between the two. The story has illustrations sprinkled throughout, depicting the scenes in a bold palette of primary colors.

The Fruits Get Political, the third book in the VIP Fruits series by Adam Musselmani, is a fun romp through the decidedly unfun world of politics and some of its less savory aspects. Musselmani makes serious issues feel relatable to kids through writing that's simple and engaging, raising topics that include friendship and civic responsibility. Berry's magical antics and Albert's earnest aspirations were the standouts for my youngest reader, while the dynamic interactions between characters, such as Parker's dubious dealings and Edward's steadfast determination, kept both of us entertained. We loved the chaos of neighborhood elections and even the unexpected UFO scares. Musselmani skillfully addresses themes of leadership, accountability, and redemption, and paired with Laura Liberatore's lively illustrations, we get a great work of kid-lit that imparts valuable lessons about the power of integrity and forgiveness. Very highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

The Fruits Get Political is an action-comedy illustrated children's novella by Adam Musselmani. The story follows the lives of the inhabitants (fruits and vegetables) of a neighborhood and their shenanigans during a presidential election. After hearing Parker the Pickle's nefarious plans to enslave the neighborhood and form a dictatorship, Albert, a peace-loving banana, enrolls himself in the upcoming election as a presidential candidate to stop Parker from achieving his goals. Meanwhile, someone shot a ketchup bottle with a cannon to spread terror throughout the neighborhood. When Fernando, a hash brown, reveals that it's Parker who shot the cannon, Albert is more determined than ever to win the election. However, another candidate arises from the Vegetable Party, who doesn't care for Parker or Albert. After a chaotic presidential debate, it's time to see the election results. Who will win?

Immerse yourself in a hilarious tale filled with drama, humor, and action in The Fruits Get Political. Featuring fruits and vegetables as the main characters, with junk foods, whole grains, and fried chickens filling up the supporting cast, Adam Musselmani has created an imaginative world that you don't want to leave. Using political satire, witty dialogue, lively illustrations, and unexpected twists and turns of the plot, Musselmani ensures readers are entertained until the end. The characters are quirky and vibrant, and they make an impression on the reader from the get-go. The comedy is laugh-out-loud funny, especially a few ridiculous events that will have you in stitches. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to kids and young adults alike.

Afifa Raisa

The Fruits Get Political by Adam Musselmani is the third book in the VIP Fruits series, which features a vibrant world of fruits and vegetables. Parker Pickle and Albert Banana are chosen to run for president in the neighborhood election. Soon afterward, it is discovered that Parker is hatching a wicked plot with his mysterious assistant. The pickle is determined to win the election at any cost and enslave everyone under his rule, including Albert and his friends, whom he detests. Albert is not the smartest of the candidates, but he knows that Parker must be stopped from becoming president, both for his own sake and that of the community. Can he indeed beat Parker and save them all?

Adam Musselmani’s The Fruits Get Political is a hilarious chapter book that grabbed my attention at once. The start is great; it reflects the traits of Albert and his friend, Berry, and foreshadows the climax of the story. I really love how Berry tries to cheer Albert up following his failure on the stage and proves to be a genuine friend. Adam has done a fantastic job of adding humor to the occasional serious moments, refusing to let the story appear sad at any moment. The language the author uses is remarkably rich, which will help young readers enrich their vocabulary. The chapters are short and interesting, and the book can be easily finished in a single reading session. I would recommend this book to children aged six to ten.