If you've got a newly independent reader on your hands, Press Start! Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! may be a wonderful fit.
Packed with illustrations on every page, high-interest content, and a fast-paced plot, this read from author Thomas Flintham is the first in a series that will build confidence and stamina in your developing reader. In this title, in the virtual land of Animal Town, Supper Rabbit Boy must save the cutest pup Singing Dog from evil King Viking and his robot army. Spreading No Fun across the land, Super Rabbit Boy is here to turn those frowns upside down. But what happens when Sunny, the boy playing the game, loses a level?
If you're waiting for Press Start! Game Over, Supper Rabbit Boy! consider reading Kung Pow Chicken: Let's Get Cracking by Cyndi Marko. Another first in a series, our author creates a brilliantly hilarious story featuring Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, who turn into avian superheroes fighting crime in the city of Fowladelphia. Read how they hop into their beakmobile and use their birdy senses to stop Granny Goosebumps from using cookies that cause all the chickens to lose their feathers.
And, if your child wants even more books about silly animals and video game plot themes, consider Super Fly!: Revenge of the Roach! by Todd Doodler. In the land of Stinkopolis, Crazy Cockroach uses video games to brainwash and hypnotize all of Brown Barge Elementary. Why? To get revenge on Super Fly and his amazing sidekick Fantastic Flea, of course! Will Super Fly be able to stop Crazy Cockroach, or will he be outnumbered?
For even more video game themed reads with characters not involving animals, Hardy Boys: Trouble at the Arcade is a wonderful option. Join brothers Frank and Joe on this adventure as they team up to solve the mystery of who stole money at the Fun World Arcade video game tournament.
Pulling back from video game themes, let's look at card games featuring heroes and villians: Wild Cards by Jeff Szpirglas involves Monster Zap cards and Matt, a HUGE fan of Monster Zap cards. Trading cards at recess, it becomes a popular interest for Matt and his classmates that reigns supreme until everyone start fighting over them. When Monster Zap cards get banned, Matt realizes, with the help of his teacher (a superhero in disguise), that he and his classmates have to save Monster Zap. Their adventure and challenge is taken to a new level when they do way more than that! Read to find out what happens next.