Today's picture book--the first book in the PBM, is...
Do Your Chores, Kid Mercury!
Kid Mercury has a long list of chores to do every day. He has to run, jump and blast bad guys. He has to collect coins and heart pieces. He has to find hidden treasures and power-ups--he even has to rescue princesses. What a boring life. So many chores! If only he could spend more time doing his favorite things. Things like homework, cleaning his room and taking out the trash. He wishes he could do those things all day.
I've noticed there aren't many video game-themed picture books. And I haven't met many kids who weren't interested in video games. The general feeling I get from parents is that games are somehow anti-reading. I totally disagree, I grew up reading and playing games and enjoyed both equally. I still do today.
This guy, Kid Mercury, is a mix of a few of my favorites characters from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Can you guess who?