Squish: Pod vs. Pod – Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm

61p4ucbv4hl       Squish: Pod vs. Pod – Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, Random House, (9780307983084), 2016

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Graphic novel

What did you like about the book?   In this eighth Squish graphic novel set in a pond with various amoeba characters, something strange is going on with Squish’s best friend Pod.  Squish is puzzled as his friend changes from super happiness, to volcanic anger, to tearful sadness.  How can Pod change so quickly from one emotion to the next?  The answer is mitosis.  Pod has split into four separate Pods, each with their own overwhelming emotional state.  In the end Pod traps the other Pods in his locker and all is well…or is it?  Interspersed in the main story are the Adventures of Super Amoeba Man in the comic book that Squish is always reading. The book also gives scientific information on mitosis and includes a “Fun Science With Pod” section with a science experiment for readers to try themselves.   A fun addition to the series.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good graphic novel series to hand to readers stretching toward chapter books.  The adventure and humor will appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys.  Fans of the author’s Babymouse series will also like Squish.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 10/22/16            

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