Books by Damon Burnard

DAVE’S HAIRCUT by Damon Burnard
Released: July 1, 2003

In a trite episode aimed at shaggy readers convinced that any haircut's a bad haircut, Burnard offers a just-beyond-easy reader that smacks of graphic novel shrunk to fit the intended audience. Dave's mom can't get him to try a new barber until he's chopped at his thatch himself, with predictably awful results. Festooning retro, two-color cartoons with large, hand-drawn words and dialogue balloons, Burnard sends his weedy preteen, head in a bag, to a friendly traditional barber, who gives him a natty 'do that, contrary to his whiny expectations, makes him an instant hit and fashion plate at school. Kathleen Krull's Clip, Clip, Clip (2002) or Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Baghead (2002) treat this common domestic crisis less heavy-handedly. (Picture book. 7-9)Read full book review >
BURGER! by Damon Burnard
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

A graphic novel with plenty of gross-out appeal, featuring space travel, giant maggots, and carnivorous grade-schoolers. Suspecting foul play at the new burger place in town, vegetarian sleuth Clementine uncovers Chef Jeff's intergalactic plot to turn "Forked Beasts" (humans) into burgers to tempt the voracious but finicky appetite of his master, Gluttor. The quick-thinking Clem heroically rescues her burger-loving nemesis from Chef Jeff's menu and also devises a scheme to win the chef's freedom from Gluttor's culinary tyranny. This comic-strip look-alike has plenty to recommend it to older children, who will relish the gruesome black-and-white images of hacked and cooked maggots, the astounding number of synonyms used to allude to Gluttor's bulk, and the potential for violence: Gluttor promises, "I'll tear off your head, peel off your face and fry it like a pancake," if Chef Jeff's recipe doesn't satisfy. Whether parents and educators will be able to stomach it is a different matter. (Fiction. 8-10) Read full book review >