One day, Josh Lewis had a detailed conversation with his young nephew about a giant chicken nugget – that could talk and walk. Topics like this, of course, are not uncommon among conversations with imaginative kids. However, the unique thing about this particular conversation was that it sparked a brilliant idea in Lewis called Super Chicken Nugget Boy.
After years of being encouraged to write for children, but never quite thinking it was his niche, Lewis took this idea that he and his nephew talked about and developed it into a children’s book called Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry.
In the book, a new kid in school named Fern tries to fit in, make friends, patiently wait his turn to take home the class pet for the weekend, and avoid the school bully. Accomplishing these feats is more challenging than Fern imagines, and out of necessity, he dreams up a superhero, Super Chicken Nugget Boy, who he hopes will help him out. Even more unexpected twists and turns take place for Fern including ninjas, a vat of green gooey liquid, and a giant French fry. In the end, Super Chicken Nugget Boy saves the day – and the school – from the bully and more.
The humorous book with likable and relatable characters is probably best suited for 1st through 3rd graders but can be a fun story for all ages. The illustrations by Douglas Holgate, with intermittent accompanying speech bubbles and comic strip-style explanations from Lewis, keep reluctant readers engaged and interested in finding out what happens to Super Chicken Nugget Boy. Thanks to Lewis’ lively descriptions of the characters and authentic-sounding dialogue, the book also makes for a fabulous read-aloud. After reading the book, I’m sure many kids will ask the same thing I did, “When is the movie coming out?”
“I got lucky in a lot of different ways,” Lewis has said about the wonderful people he’s had the opportunity to work with along the journey of creating the Super Chicken Nugget Boy book. He’s also appreciative that he followed the advice to write for children and says, “I really am loving writing for kids. I could be happy writing for kids for the rest of my life.”