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Book: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mayhem from Moon Palace
Author: Alex Irvine
Cover Illustrator: Dan Panosian
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Licenses, 2017
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Age: 8 – 12
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Irvine, Alex. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Mayhem from Moon Palace (Published in 2017 by Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 345 Hudson St., New York City, NY 10014). Billy Cranston and Trini Kwan are showing their experiment for the district science fair at Angel Grove High School. Their friends Jason Scott, Zach Taylor, Kimberly Hart, and Tommy Oliver are there to support them. Unbeknown to everyone but themselves, the six teenagers are the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Jason is Red, the leader; Zach, Black; Trini, Yellow; Billy, Blue; Kimberly, Pink; and Tommy, Green. All of a sudden, they are attacked by Z-Putties sent by Lord Zedd, Emperor of Evil, from his throne room in the Moon Palace. Other minions of Zedd, such as Baboo and Squatt, Goldar, and Wormazam join the fight against the Rangers, and Zedd himself finally appears.
In the middle of the battle, the Rangers find that their communications with Zordon and Alpha 5 at the Command Center as well as with each other are being disrupted and that Jason’s Tyrannosaurus Red Dragon Thunderzord loses power. What is happening? Can anything be done to turn the tide? And is there some way that Billy’s science project might help? The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was an American superhero children’s television series that premiered on August 28, 1993, on Fox Kids, and became a 1990s pop culture phenomenon. It ran for a second and third season. The original series also spawned the feature film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, released by 20th Century Fox on June 30, 1995. In 2010, a new version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was broadcast on ABC Kids.
While reading the book, I felt a little lost about a few things that I might have understood better if I were more familiar with the Power Rangers in general. Our older son didn’t really care for the show, and while our younger son watched it, the timing was such that I never got to see it with him. So far as I can tell, the book is relatively harmless with no bad language or other objectionable material. There is a strong sense of good versus evil, and the importance of teamwork is illustrated. Mayhem from Moon Palace is one of the “Power Rangers Series” of junior novels. Others include The Venomous Eclipse and Fish in Troubled Water.