Saturday, March 12, 2011

Books of the Week: Daniel Boom, Frankie Pickle, Interrupting Chicken, Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors

Here are our favorites from the past week:

Tintin, age 8

The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy: Grow Up!
Author/illustrator: D.J. Steinberg/Brian Smith
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (April 2010)
Source: Public library

In the fourth and possibly final installment of the Daniel Boom graphic novel series, Daniel and his friends once again try to get rid of Kid-Rid Industries. Their parents all just happen to work there, and when the company decides to have its first-ever Bring Your Child to Work Day, the five superheroes jump at the chance to spy on what goes on behind the scenes. While they're there, however, they all happen to lose their superpowers and youthful energy, which makes it a bit more difficult for them to bring down Kid-Rid and its kid-hating owner, Doctor Docter. Both boys love this series (the colorful artwork helps) and are really hoping for more.

Tintin's note: I like when they turned into old people. It was a great book because they arrested Doctor Docter.

Find it: Amazon, IndieBound

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
Author/illustrator: Eric Wight
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (May 2010)
Source: A Real Bookstore

Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom is part chapter book, part graphic novel. Franklin Lorenzo Piccolini, also known as Frankie Pickle, doesn't like to clean his room. When his mom gets tired of telling him to clean up, she finally tells him that he no longer has to clean his room, as long as he deals with the consequences. So Frankie does his best to make a mess, with a little help from his active imagination. What happens, though, is a little too much mess even for Frankie, and so he uses that same imagination to help him conquer his closet of doom.

Tintin's note: I liked all the comics because they were so great. Frankie Pickle and his dog were doing exciting things.

More info on Frankie Pickle and its author at Watch. Connect. Read.

Find it: Amazon, IndieBound 

Johnny Boo, age 5

Interrupting Chicken
Author/illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Publisher: Candlewick Press (August 2010)
Source: Public library

Chicken can't stop herself from interrupting all the stories her father reads to her at bedtime. He starts reading Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Chicken Little, but before Papa can finish, Chicken jumps right in and saves the characters from danger. Papa runs out of stories to read to Chicken, but Chicken can't go to sleep without one. Papa suggests to Chicken that she tell him a bedtime story, but she soon gets a taste of her own medicine. Johnny Boo loves that Chicken can just jump right in to the books and interact with the characters.

Johnny Boo's note: I like it because it's a great book. I like when the chicken interrupts the stories.

Find it: Amazon, IndieBound

Balloon Toons: Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors
Author/illustrator: Ethan Long
Publisher: Blue Apple Books
Source: Public library

Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors is a graphic novel for beginning readers. In it Rack teaches the reluctant Rick to fish, figures out the mysterious tracks (from a fire-breathing dragon, maybe?) made during the two animals' hike, and shows Rick how to row a canoe and why it's important to wear a life jacket. Each of the threes stories has a funny ending and left Johnny Boo wanting more. While there aren't any more Rick & Rack books, there are several more Balloon Toon books, and if you're a fan of Toon Books, you'll probably like these as well.

Johnny Boo's note: I like it because they go fishing. I like when they're on a path.

Find it: Amazon, IndieBound


Julie said...

These all sound great, especially the two Tintin is reading. I think my son would like those. I'll have to check them out.

Julie P. said...

You give the best book recommendations for little guys! We are huge fans of Frankie Pickle and his author/illustrator! Booking Son even has an Eric Wight sketch in his room!

Jackie H. said...

I love seeing what older boys are reading. It helps me know what to purchase for the future. Especially when I see good sales :)
We do already like Interrupting Chicken, though!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Interrupting Chicken sounds a bit like my daughter. Balloon Toons sound intriguing, I have to check it out. Thanks for joining WMCIR!