Kraken Me Up

Kraken Me Up (I Like to Read Comics) by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Holiday House, 2021. 9780823450176 

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

Format: Hardcover/easy reader/graphic novel

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Starting on the cover’s verso, this fantastical story about a pet show at a county fair is full of humor and surprises. Izzie, a little kid in a sou’wester comes to the show holding the paw/hand/tentacle of a pet that is not revealed until a few pages in as a kraken. The emcee and other contestants are flabbergasted and scared. Little by little Izzie – and her kraken – win them over. Everyone ends up laughing and playing together.

Speech bubbles, panels of different sizes and very easy text make this a simple read for newly independent readers. And the digital art is great – the pages are full of fun perspectives, colors and kraken ink splatters. Izzie presents as Asian, and she is adorable. An entertaining and creative graphic reader.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-6, especially readers who love graphic novels and mythical creatures.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novel early readers

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: October 15, 2021

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