Title: My Life as a Cartoonist
Author: Janice Tashjian
Illustrator: Jake Tashjian
Reviewed by: Nikolas, Grade 4
This book is about a boy named Derek who has a monkey named Frank. Derek likes to draw cartoons. One day at his school, a new kid named Umberto comes. Umberto eggs Derek on to a fight and both boys get detention for a week. At first the boys don't get along, but in detention they have to do a comic strip together in a week or else they get detention extended for another week. They manage to get it in before the deadline, and they also become best friends.
The setting is at Derek's house and it branches off to his mom's vet's office because she is a vet and takes care of animals. It takes place at the school. It also takes place at a dog park where Umberto saves the day and it takes place at the ocean where Derek puts a smile on Umberto's face.
Derek is a confident boy. Even though stuff is hard he gets through it. Derek wants to train his monkey for Umberto but at the end, Umberto says he doesn't really need a monkey in his house. Derek reminds me of Snoopy because Snoopy fights through all sorts of things and gets a little frustrated like Derek. But Snoopy keeps on trying and goes away feeling proud when he succeeds.
There are cartoons in this book that mostly explain what some complicated words mean. Like for the word 'dissipate,' it shows a stick figure with pieces of him coming off of him like a mosaic. I like the illustrations, and once in a while there is a funny cartoon like the one in the beginning of the book. This comic is funny and is part of the story because it shows one of Derek's cartoons. It also gets you interested in the story.
I recommend this book to readers that like to read stuff about someone's life because it teaches you how times can be hard but you just have to fight through it. My favorite part was when Umberto got to get back on the ocean because his first time on the ocean was when he was a baby so I felt good for him that he got to go surfing again. Something surprising was at the end when Derek and Umberto became friends. This book is a series of "My Life" books and there is also My Life as a Book and My Life as a Stunt Boy.
Title: Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Wiener
Written by: Ursula Vernon
Genre: fiction, graphic novel
Reviewed by: Seth J., Grade 5
This book tells the story of a dragon named Danny Dragonbreath and his best friend Wendell, who is an iguana. A lot of the story takes place at the school where they both attend.
Danny notices how the hot dog he orders for lunch is red like the color of blood and doesn't look right. The book tells how Wendell is bitten by the hotdog after he picks it up to look at it. The hot dog that bit Wendell is known as a "were-wiener". Strange things begin to happen to Wendell and to others who are bitten by the "were-wieners". Danny's main objective is to save Wendell and to destroy the leader of the "were-wieners", known as the Alpha Wurst.
The book takes place mainly at school. Danny Dragonbreath is an adventurous young boy. He does not like following rules, but is a very good friend to Wendell. He reminds me of my good friend Jack who is always looking for a new adventure.
I found the illustrations to be very interesting. They remind me of the kind that you find in comic books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good adventure and likes to have a good laugh. Those who like really silly humor would enjoy reading this book.
Title: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Reviewed by: Dylan V., Grade V
This book is about 2 boys named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The weren't too popular in school and they both didn't have alot of friends, until they met each other. They made their own comic books. Jerry does the writing and Joe was the illustrator. One day Joe thought "What if someone could be super - strong, be super - fast and fly?" So, he jotted some notes down, went to Joe's house and created Superman. You want to know more about the book? You could if you read Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman .
Something I learned from this book is that you don't need to be super to do something great.
The illustrations looked almost like the real thing and really good. I'll try and draw like that someday.
I recommend this book for other people because it was a really interesting story.
(Also because Superman is my favorite superhero)
Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Author: Jeff Kinney
Illustrator: Jeff Kinney
Genre: graphic novel
Reviewed by: Asher M., Grade III
This is Greg Heffley's journal. His mom bought it for him. This book is about what happened to Greg in middle school. He writes and draws cartoons. The author teaches us what middle school is like.
The setting is middle school. It could be any middle school. It could be any time.
Greg is one of the smallest kids in the class. Greg is not popular, but he has a friend named Rowley. They like to play together. Greg chased the little kids with a worm on a stick. He let Rowley get in trouble. He learned to not blame stuff on people. He doesn't remind me of myself because I don't blame people.
I like the illustrations in the book. The cartoons help because they show what Greg's world is like.
I recommend this book. It is good because I like the pictures and the ini comics. The book is funny.
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