Format: digital pdf (graphic novel/comic/cartoon)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? First off, the illustrations are great! Even without words, they are funny and reminiscent of Calvin & Hobbes as is Wallace’s outlook on life. It’s time to return to school in the Fall when the summer vacation has ended. Wallace is not happy about this. At school, he and his square-headed friend Spud find a muffin left in a desk from the last school year. It is rock hard, hard enough to use as a baseball. Amelia is the Lucy (Peanuts) of the group, nasty and wise. Wallace’s father is a good foil for him and/or vice-versa. When Wallace says, “Amelia says babies come from storks. Is that true?” Dad: “Depends… I mean, your mother and I found you in the woodpile on a snowy night. We thought you were a log until you thawed and started cryin’ by the wood stove.” Wallace: “WHAT?” Dad: “And I think your brother was a return to sender gone screwy…”
The humor is pretty much non-stop though it is subtle and tongue-in-cheek. I think 9-11 year olds would enjoy it the most.
Anything you did not like about the book? No, you could easily re-read this over and over, finding new laughs each time.
To whom would you recommend this book? The humor is pretty much non-stop though it is sometimes subtle and tongue-in-cheek. I think 9-11 year olds would enjoy it the most.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? graphic novels
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, but some kids might.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: 5/28/2020