Tween Tuesdays (5)

Tuesday February 15, 2010

Tween Tuesday is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!

Calamity Jack
by Shannon & Dean Hale
Illustrated by Nathan Hale
Bloomsbury
January 2010
Jack thinks of himself as a criminal mastermind with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, a trickster ...maybe even a thief? But, of course, he's not out for himself he's trying to take the burden off his hardworking mum's shoulders. She'd understand, right? He hopes she might even be proud. 

Then, one day, Jack chooses a target a little more ...'giant' than the usual, and as one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk, his troubles really begin. But with help from Rapunzel and other eccentric friends, Jack just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of the people who live there ...whilst catapulting them and the reader into another fantastical adventure.

A follow up to the graphic novel Rapunzel by the same team of authors/illustrators, Calamity Jack is everything a middle grade graphic novel should be...fun, adventurous and full of crazy characters! 

Jack is a bad boy gone good who has come home to rescue his mother and to show her he has changed his nefarious ways (always a good guy at heart, Jack remains flawed but lovable). Evil giants have taken over his home town and its up to Jack and Rapunzel to save the day! 

Enough action and the story of Jack and Rapunzel's evolving love story to keep both middle grade boys and girls turning the pages!

Copper
by Kazu Kibuishi
Scholastic
January 2010

Copper is curious, Fred is fearful. And together boy and dog are off on a series of adventures through marvelous worlds, powered by Copper's limitless enthusiasm and imagination. 
 Each Copper and Fred story in this graphic novel collection is a complete vignette, filled with richly detailed settings and told with a wry sense of humor. These two enormously likable characters build ships and planes to travel to surprising destinations and have a knack for getting into all sorts of odd situations. 

Copper's good cheer always smoothes the way---and Fred can usually be won over if there's food involved.

A beautifully drawn collection of previously published web-comics that follow Copper and his dog Fred through a series of adventures in a somewhat quirky-mystical world. For the most part each page is a comic that is its own little narrative, although its easy to see the complete story/theme throughout the book.

I really enjoyed Kibuishi's artistry and the mini-parables of each story. The overall meaning of some of the comics may go over the head of your average middle grade reader but the simplistic dialogue will keep them reading and enjoying this wonderful collection.

Another fun note to this book is that the last few pages are dedicated to author/illustrator Kazu Kibuishi's method of creating his comics which is fun for anyone to discover especially the budding artist!

Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher (#1)
by Jake Parker
Scholastic 
January 2010
Missile Mouse, secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, is a risk taker and a rule breaker, which is why he's in hot water at GSA headquarters. Then RIP, the Rogue Imperium of Planets, kidnaps a scientist who knows about the Star Crusher, a doomsday machine capable of destroying the entire universe.

Time to let loose the mouse!

Missile Mouse battles giant space slugs, corrupt agents, killer bugs, and a pair of shark-headed thugs to save the day (and the scientist!). And when he's sucked into the exploding Star Crusher, he becomes pure energy . . . energy that will consume him unless Missile Mouse can release it and destroy RIP's spaceship fleet in time.

KABOOM!
Secret Agent Missile Mouse doesn't do things by the book and his crazy adventures are what will make this graphic novel a sure-fire hit! Colorful illustrations of wacky Sci-fi creatures and an action filled storyline will keep the attention of the video-playing crowd and even the most reluctant readers!
 

3 comments:

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I loved Calamity Jack! And thanks for the heads up about Copper. I've read a short graphic novel in the Flight anthology about Copper, but I didn't know there was more!

Cathy (Minding the Middle) said...

Great post! It's very helpful to find good tween books since they are sometimes helpful for my struggling YA readers.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

The Clamity Jack book looks really cute. I'll need to look for a copy for my classroom.