Title: Power Ponies to the Rescue!
Author: adapted by Magnolia Belle
Copyright Date: 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Reader Brand: Passport to Reading
Level: Level 1
Series: My Little Pony (Heart and Hooves, Holly Jolly Harmony, Meet the Ponies of Ponyville, Meet the Princess of Friendship, Ponies Love Pets!, Ponyville Reading Adventures, We Like Spike!)
The ponies of Ponyville are zapped into Spike’s comic book. They must defeat the evil villain Mane-iac in order to return home. Luckily, the ponies all have superpowers…except Spike. Will they ever get home?
This is another media tie-in that’s based off a television episode. The plot and names will make sense to readers already familiar with the material. At the beginning of the book, readers are given four words to be on the look-out for. This is a great activity for kids who may be seeking a challenge in their reading but wanting familiar characters and stories.
As for the plot itself, it’s straightforward for the most part. At one point, I was unsure how the ponies were captured by Mane-iac because the previous page had just stated that she had stopped them, not capture them. (That being said, I was reading this while playing ball with two dogs so that might have been a me issue.)
I really enjoyed once the ponies were in the comic book that the beginning reader reflected that by switching to a comic book format with panels and graphic backgrounds.
My ultimate verdict is that libraries should purchase if they have My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fans in their libraries.