Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mal and Chad

Meet Mal. He's the cutest boy genius ever!

Meet Chad. He's the funniest doggy companion ever!

Meet Stephen McCranie. He's the bestest graphic novelist ever!

Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever is a graphic novel that needs to be added to your TBR pile if you have not yet read it.

Mal, cutest boy genius ever, needs to write an essay about what he wants to be when he grows up, and he has two days to complete it.

Chad, funniest doggy companion ever, tries to suggest ideas to Mal.

First, Chad suggests the occupation of a scuba diver. With a bit of Mal's genius and a touch of Stephen McCranie's fantastical imagination, Mal and Chad are shrunk into bitty-sized divers, just the perfect proportion to explore the depths of the kitchen sink!

After avoiding possible sinking down the drain, Chad suggests the occupation of an archaeologist. Into the time machine go Mal and Chad to the dinosaur age. Excitement and danger abound!

Will Mal and Chad make it back home safely? Will Mal figure out what he wants to be when he grows up so he can complete his essay for school?

There are so many great things about this book...**tension between Mal and another character (Zachary)...**a smidgen of "like" between Mal and Megan...**humor that will make even the oldest reader (me!) giggle...**auto-inflating ducky boats...**Yum Sauce (makes anything taste like your favorite food)...**a perfect ending with the BESTEST message.

I'm sure you will find other reviews written about Mal and Chad, but I am here to say, "THIS IS ONE OF THE BESTEST GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR KIDS THAT I HAVE READ IN A WHILE!!!" I just know my students are going to eat this first book up--no Yum Sauce required!

Luckily, there are two more Mal and Chad books I can give to readers. Mal and Chad: Food Fight! and Mal and Chad: Belly Flop!  (Belly Flop! is out in bookstores TODAY.)
To visit the author's website, click HERE. To view a trailer of the newest book, click HERE.

Tune in tomorrow for a glimpse into our classroom Skype visit with Stephen. It was the BESTEST time!

Happy Reading!
Mrs. T  :)

P.S. Reading is like breathing chocolate air!