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The Great Art Caper

Title:   The Great Art Caper
Author:   Victoria Jamieson
Series:   Pets on the Loose
Recommended for:   early chapter book readers, reluctant readers, children ages 4 and up as a readaloud, kids who love art
Pages:   62 p.
Call Number/Link:    GN J Jamieson, V. 

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A cuddly class hamster, GW endeavors to make a gift for his new human friend to show support for her participation in a school art show before hearing about a dastardly mouse plot to sabotage the event.

Comments:

This book is the second book in the Pets on the Loose series.  As much as I liked the first book, I thought The Great Art Caper was even better!  Rather than trying to plot their escape from the elementary school, the pets went on an adventure to the art room so that GW could make a piece of art for his human friend.  They thought the art room was such a wondrous place…  until they saw the library.  Ooooh.  Ahhhh.

Once again, GW and his friends defeated Delores and her mouse minions and saved the day.  Hurray!

 

 

 

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Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Awkward

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Title:   Awkward
Author:   Svetlana Chmakova
Series:   –
Recommended for:   kids in grades 4-7 who like realistic graphic novels (or graphic novels in general)
Pages:   210 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J CHMAKOVA, S.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

Comments:

I’m not a big graphic novel fan, and read this on a young patron’s recommendation.  I liked it pretty well, but will probably stick with Babymouse and Lunch Lady when I feel the urge to read a graphic novel.  That said, the author gave a pretty accurate, cringeworthy picture of what middle school can be like for outsiders – whether they are new kids or lonely kids that others like to victimize.  Some situations and characters are exaggerated to make more of an impact, but it still feels like middle school.

This is a good book to recommend to kids who enjoyed Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier.

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in Graphic Novels, Juv, Realistic

 

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