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Evil Emperor Penguin

Title:   Evil Emperor Penguin
Author:   Laura Ellen Anderson
Series:   —
Recommended for:
Pages:   64 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J Anderon, L.

 Rating:   *****

Synopsis:

Evil Emperor Penguin lives in Antarctica and plots to take over the world with his two minions: a polite and thoughtful purple octopus and an abominable snowman who loves nothing more than a hug.

 

Comments:

For whatever reason, I am a big fan of Pinky and the Brain, Phineas and Ferb and other comics that feature a ridiculous character whose life goal is to take over the world.

It doesn’t get much more ridiculous than an evil Emperor Penguin whose minions are a sweet, fluffy abominable snowman and a purple octopus who reminds me of Alfred the butler in Batman..  I absolutely love the way that Eugene the abominable snowman consistently misinterprets the penguin’s instructions and creates “evil inventions” that actually spread joy.

To quote Eugene, “Yay!”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Real Friends

Title:   Real Friends
Author:   Shannon Hale
Series:   not applicable
Recommended for:  kids ages 8 and up, also of possible interest to teens and adults.
Pages:   211 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J HALE, S.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When her best friend Adrienne starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions with whether she and Adrienne will stay friends, and if she is part of the clique.

Comments:

While friends, friendship and cliques are an important part of this graphic novel memoir, it also deals with Shannon’s family relationships.  At the same time that she was being bullied at school, she was being bullied by an older sister at home.  While the school bullying was more often that of being excluded (or ostracized), I suspected that her older sister used to beat her up when their parents weren’t home.

The book rang true and there were times that I hurt for Shannon.  I was so happy when she finally found Real Friends and flourished!

This book could give kids who are being bullied (or don’t have many friends) hope that they too will ultimately triumph over loneliness and have good friends.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Hippopotamister

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Title:    Hippopotamister
Author:   John Patrick Green
Series:  —
Recommended for:  early chapter book readers, early readers on the C or D level, listeners ages 4 and older
Pages:   84 p.
Call Number/Link:   GN J GREEN, J.

Rating:  ****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself”–Amazon.com.

 

Comments:

Hippopotamister is my kind of graphic novel!  It strikes me as one or two steps beyond a picture book.  Its text is fairly short, but in speech bubbles, and the print is large enough for younger readers.  (Happily, the text is also large enough for more aged readers!)

It is the cute, funny story of a red panda and hippopotamus who leave the worn down City Zoo to live amongst the humans.  They have a series of jobs, but wind up being fired from each and every one.

Now for the $20,000 question:  will they ever find the place where they actually belong?

I think this book will appeal to readers who have a good grasp of sight words and are ready for something a bit more complicated.  Listeners ages 4 and up will also enjoy it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Mr. Pants: It’s Go Time!

It's Go Time cover

Title:   It’s Go Time!
Author:   Scott McCormick              Illustrator:  R.H. Lazzell
Series:   Mr. Pants
Recommended for:   kids who like funny graphic novels.  And cats, although a reader doesn’t have to love cats to laugh at the Mr. Pants series.
Pages:   128 p.
Call Number/Link:  GN J MR. PANTS V. 1

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

On the last day of summer vacation, all Mr. Pants wants to do is play laser tag but Mom and his sisters, Foot Foot and Grommy, have other ideas.

Comments:

I think kids will really enjoy the Mr. Pants series.  It’s very funny and is an excellent choice for reluctant readers.

And it even introduces irony!

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2016 in Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

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Title:   Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!
Author:   Philippe Coudray
Series:   Toon into Reading.  Level 2.
Recommended for:   Kids who like funny books who are in first grade and up.  Is intended as an early reader but is funny for anyone who is advanced enough to understand the humor.  (Toddlers and younger preschoolers wouldn’t “get” the humor.)
Pages:   35 p.
Call Number/Link:  GN J COUDRAY, P.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A collection of one-page comic strips featuring Benjamin Bear, a very serious bear who has his own silly logic for doing things

Comments:

The official description may say that Benjamin Bear has his own silly logic for doing things.  I considered him a creative, out of the box thinker.  There were a couple of times that I thought, “Genius!”  There were also several times that I laughed out loud.  Some of the cartoons are wordless, some have minimal words and some have text in every frame.  Every single one at least made me smile.

It can be difficult to predict what will make people (children and adult alike) laugh, but I will be looking for other Benjamin Bear books on days that I need a giggle.

The official information in the back of the book says that the books is their Level 2.  They list equivalencies as:  Grades 1-2, Lexile BR-240, Guided reading G-K, Reading Recovery 11-18.

It is described as an Easy-to-Read Comic for Emerging Readers with:

  • 300-700 words
  • short sentences and repetition
  • a story arc with few characters in a small world and
  • 1-4 panels per page

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Adventure, Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv

 

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