Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A graphic novel for cartoon lovers

Bird and Squirrel: On the Run by James Burks
Scholastic, August 2012
For the kid who loves cartoons, slapstick humor, and annoyingly funny characters (pretty much anyone in elementary school) this is the book for you. Sensible, overly-cautious Squirrel is preparing for winter, while the annoyingly cheerful bird is delaying his migration south in favor of fun. When a run in with a cat causes Squirrel to loose his entire acorn supply, he has no choice but to journey south with Bird. What follows are the hilarious adventures of the unlikely duo. Bright colors and crazy characters make this book a laugh-out-loud adventure.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Natalie Babbitt

The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt
Scholastic, March 2012 When his grandmother hurts herself, Joe is sent to stay with his aunt for the summer. Though he won't admit it, living with his aunt is pretty perfect, from pancakes for breakfast to the girl who lives across the street. But when an a local millionaire decides he wants to adopt Joe and make him the heir to his fortune, Joe will have to make a life-changing decision. The Moon over High Street, though a slender novel, holds within it some of the important lessons and realizations everyone faces. A great companion to Pie for readers interested in fun, 50s & 60s set summer vacation reads.

Friday, March 2, 2012

New graphic novel from the creator of Ghostopolis and Bad Island....

Cardboard by Doug Tennapel
Scholastic, August 2012
Cam's unemployed father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday. It's certain to be the worst birthday ever until the man they make from the cardboard comes to life. It turns out this is no ordinary cardboard and what was the lamest present ever becomes something desired by the rich bully, Marcus, who lives next door. But Marcus has a twisted imagination, and his creations develop frightening minds of their own, minds that desire the destruction of anything of human flesh. Tennapel's ability to blend unique threats and adventures while exploring family relationships is amazing. Cardboard explores a father-son relationship, one that grows stronger of the course of the book. Tennapel's fans will enjoy this fast-paced graphic novel, and maybe even find themselves developing their own creations. I'd love to see a father-son book club choose this as a selection!