Friday Night Wrestlefest (J. F. Fox)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Friday Night Wrestlefest, written by J. F. Fox and illustrated by Micah Player, a hilarious account of one family’s unique weekly tradition.

Friday night, ladies and gents! School’s out, the pizza’s been eaten, and now it’s time for the main event: WRESTLEFEST – BATTLE TO THE BEDTIME! Tonight, It’s sibling duo the Tag Team Twins – Peanut Brother and Jellyfish – facing off against the Dangerous Daddoo! In their homemade wrestling regalia, the opponents enter a no-holds-barred throwdown, complete with moves like the “swirling shark-clone” and “codfish kisses”. And when special guests Big Bald Baby and Mama-Rama join in with some surprise moves, the match becomes a must-see event! Who will be victorious?

Charming and hilarious fun. It’s always awesome to see a such a unique concept for a picture book, especially when it’s so well-executed, and this light-hearted family tale is just that. The announcer-style text is filled with punny humor that hits the rare note of clever-not-cringey, and is an absolute blast to read and hear aloud; JJ was in stitches throughout, even having never watched a wrestling match in her life. The illustrations balance the epic fantasy and sweet reality of Wrestlefest wonderfully, and do a fantastic job of showing dynamic action that isn’t violent. The length is perfect for a quick and fun read, and we really loved this one. A hilarious bedtime treat, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)