Alex gets a paper route, dreaming of the money he will make and how he will spend it. But it's more work than he bargained for. Not only does he have to figure out how much money he gets to keep, but he also has to face dangers like the savage Yapper Snapper and the dreaded Four-Headed Gargantuan.
Illustrated comic-book-style with the adventures of Alex's superhero alter ego, this book shows how Alex learns that his real riches are courage and kindness.
"This book teaches the reader about taking on responsibility and how sacrifice can earn you rewards, both monetarily and emotionally? Overall an entertaining book that has many good curricular applications for teaching kids about growing up. The comic strip style illustrations serve to entertain the reader and keep those with lower reading levels engaged. Excellent."
- Emma-Leigh Mitchell, Resource Links
"My favorite thing about this book is that Alex is not bullied-- he is just worried that the teenagers are going to bully him. This is brilliant, since children's perceptions of the world are often more horrible than the realities they face.
While the drawing of the "gargantuan" is a bit odd, I liked the other illustrations. The text is simple enough for struggling or emergent readers, and the story a solid one filled with supportive parents and neighbors, new experiences, and a bit of fun along the way."
- Ms. Yingling Reads - Blog
"Alex vs. The Four-Headed Gargantuan would be enjoyed by readers of realistic fiction that deals with the theme of friendship ... This book would be an excellent choice for school, public and personal libraries. Highly Recommended."
- Deborah Mervold, CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
LAURA PEETOOM has written about mermaids, maps, and many other subjects. In addition to being the author of several books for children and young adults, Laura has worked extensively as an editor. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
KEVIN FRANK is an internationally syndicated, award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. He lives in Lindsay, Ontario.