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'Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3/Wrestlevania' review: Two games in one book

Gavin Kurtz of Idle Hour Elementary School, Oakdale,

Gavin Kurtz of Idle Hour Elementary School, Oakdale, reviewed "Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3/Wrestlevania: A Play-Your-Way Book (Midnight Arcade)" by Gabe Soria. Credit: Gina Cerulli

Have you ever heard of a book titled “Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3/Wrestlevania: A Play-Your-Way Book (Midnight Arcade)” by Gabe Soria (Penguin Workshop)? If not, then you should definitely get it because it switches between two games throughout the whole book.

One game is Excellent Ernesto Cousins 3. It’s sort of like Mario. It’s like Mario in that there are turtles, but this game has turtles that are deadly with long, sharp and shiny spikes. Also, there are bombs with claws and fangs. The main character is a girl, which is good because the main character in most games is a boy.  

The other game is called “Wrestlevania.” It says "vania" because the host of the game is a vampire. It’s an intense fighting game. Some of the other fighters' names are Boris, Elsa and more.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that there are these little black dots on every page. Personally I have no idea what they are — I wonder why they are on every page, but I just can’t seem to crack the case.

I think the coolest thing that this does is — you know how in a lot of books they say the character’s name? If you do, then you will think this is cool, just like me. In this book, they make you want to believe that you’re in the book, so they say "you" instead of saying the character’s name. I think this book will be a gold medal winner.

Gina Cerulli’s fifth-grade class, Idle Hour Elementary School, Oakdale

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