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Series: Comics Squad Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Well-known cartoonists contribute their humorous takes on the theme of "lunch."
Catalog Number: #112807
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: c2016
Pages: 129 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-553-51264-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-92921-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-553-51264-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-92921-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015027908
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka have rallied a heaping serving of comics greats for this collection of minicomics about lunchtime. Cece Bell kicks off the volume with a funny story about a little girl whose nut allergy might lead to true love. Fan-favorite Babymouse channels Robin Hood in a battle over a table in the lunchroom, but will her love of cupcakes ruin her scheme? Nathan Hale recruits characters from his acclaimed Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series to recount the true story of WWII sailors who fought off a Japanese sub with potatoes. Jason Shiga offers a choose-your-own-adventure time-travel mystery in an ingenious format. The other entries are just as entertaining, and the cheery yellow palette coloring each artist's signature style makes for a welcoming through line. With so many familiar names, it will be a piece of cake to get this collection into little hands, and while they are perusing their favorites, they might find some new ones.
Horn Book
Favorite children's cartoonists serve up eight lunchtime stories. With familiar characters and storytelling techniques from Cece Bell, Nathan Hale, and others, this second Comics Squad anthology provides another excellent entrie to the world of graphic novels. Pops of orangey-yellow connect the diverse cartooning styles, while games and comic asides in the interstitial spaces facilitate the volume's flow.
School Library Journal
Gr 25 Once again a veritable who's who of children's cartoonists assemble to offer up a collection of short comics around a theme. This second anthology presents stories that share the common thread of lunch, although the context in each tale varies a great deal, from the gross to the unexpected, the historic, and even the prehistoric. Familiar characters such as Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady, Jennifer and Matt Holm's Babymouse, and even Peanuts' Snoopy appear in original stories that will satisfy fans of the referenced source material. Jeffrey Brown's "Cave Soup" kicks off a new comics series from the creator of "Jedi Academy" that blends humor and historical evidence into a story about a Neanderthal family. Class rivals find common ground over scientific lunchroom experiments in Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon's "Worst Day Ever." Two particularly strong stories are Nathan Hale's "Lunch Bomb 1943" and Jason Shiga's "The Case of the Missing Science Project." The former recounts a historical event from World War II, in which the crew on a U.S. destroyer successfully defended themselves and the ship from a Japanese submarine by attacking the sub with a barrage of raw potatoes. Shiga takes the "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style comic storytelling that earned him praise in Meanwhile (Abrams, 2010) and adds the element of time travel in "Missing Science Project." The unfamiliar mechanics of Shiga's comic may baffle some, but the payoff is unlike anything this reader has experienced in a story prior. VERDICT Overall, this anthology offers up a lot of strong selections with tons of appeal. Matthew C. Winner, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD
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Word Count: 6,046
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 180244 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN380L
Guided Reading Level: R
Fountas & Pinnell: R

Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favorite comic characters are right here in one book, including the Peanuts gang, Babymouse, and Lunch Lady. This all-star tribute to classic Sunday comics includes eight sidesplitting, action-packed stories about every kid’s favorite subject—LUNCH!
Lunchtime can be fun, wild, yummy, or complete chaos! And in this second collection of comics, it is definitely hilarious.

Crazy little thing called lunch! / / by Cece Bell
Snoopy in ... Lunchtime beagle / by Peanuts
Babymouse: Lunch table champion / by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
The case of the missing science project / by Jason Shiga
Pikput & Cullen in ... Worst day ever! / by Cecil Castellucci & Sara Varon
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: Cave soup / by Jeffrey Brown
Lunch bomb / by Nathan Hale
Lunch girl and the ominous origin / by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

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