I'M OGRE IT

From the I Like To Read Comics series

It’s D&D: delightful and dear.

You’re never too old to be “ogre” having some fun.

Izzie’s amazement that older brother Ollie threw away most of his toys is quickly diverted upon meeting Tim, a lumbering, green-skinned ogre who has recently moved into the neighborhood—specifically, into a previously unnoticed cave in Izzie’s backyard. Unperturbed by this sudden change in local real estate, Izzie brings Tim to meet Ollie, who has become so consumed with a new video game that he considers his toys babyish. Engrossed in the game, Ollie doesn’t notice for several hours that Tim and Izzie took him up on his offer to take his old stuff and have stripped his room bare. Once he emerges, Ollie follows a piece of yarn through the house and into the yard to find that Izzie and Tim have, using Ollie’s “baby” toys, built a video game–like world that requires Ollie’s imagination to play. The game rekindles his love of imaginative play, and Ollie is more than willing to join Izzie and Tim on future adventures. The story is gorgeously captured in digital illustrations dominated by shades of green, but the message may resonate more with caregivers than with the intended audience. That said, young readers who enjoy a fast-paced tale or are fantasy fans will appreciate the story. Izzie and Ollie have brown skin and dark hair.

It’s D&D: delightful and dear. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-8234-5018-3

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: July 12, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2022

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DOG MAN

From the Dog Man series , Vol. 1

What a wag.

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What do you get from sewing the head of a smart dog onto the body of a tough police officer? A new superhero from the incorrigible creator of Captain Underpants.

Finding a stack of old Dog Mancomics that got them in trouble back in first grade, George and Harold decide to craft a set of new(ish) adventures with (more or less) improved art and spelling. These begin with an origin tale (“A Hero Is Unleashed”), go on to a fiendish attempt to replace the chief of police with a “Robo Chief” and then a temporarily successful scheme to make everyone stupid by erasing all the words from every book (“Book ’Em, Dog Man”), and finish off with a sort of attempted alien invasion evocatively titled “Weenie Wars: The Franks Awaken.” In each, Dog Man squares off against baddies (including superinventor/archnemesis Petey the cat) and saves the day with a clever notion. With occasional pauses for Flip-O-Rama featurettes, the tales are all framed in brightly colored sequential panels with hand-lettered dialogue (“How do you feel, old friend?” “Ruff!”) and narrative. The figures are studiously diverse, with police officers of both genders on view and George, the chief, and several other members of the supporting cast colored in various shades of brown. Pilkey closes as customary with drawing exercises, plus a promise that the canine crusader will be further unleashed in a sequel.

What a wag. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 30, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-58160-8

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

STICK AND STONE ON THE GO

From the Stick and Stone series

Readers will go for these pals who stick together in a bond as solid as stone.

More fun with Stick and Stone!

The BFFs whose exploits were chronicled in two earlier picture books (2015, 2021), illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, have joined the graphic-novel universe. This second graphic novel starring the duo, after Stick and Stone Explore and More (2022), is divided into two chapters, each followed by appealing, simple activities. The first chapter finds the pals picnicking with friends near a cave. Timid worrywart Stone has misgivings, but those issues are resolved satisfactorily. Once over those hurdles, Stone confronts spelunking, a word he loves (as will readers) until he learns what it entails. Stone’s not into cave exploring, but what he discovers when he finds himself in a cave are unexpected—and not entirely unpleasant—surprises and, afterward, a burgeoning new friendship. In the second chapter, Stone effects a daring rescue as he extracts Stick from the jaws of an overly enthusiastic puppy, an adventure that leads the pair to adopt a “pet” that undergoes a spectacular transformation, necessitating a tender farewell. This charmer is chock-full of humor, heart, adventure, and the joys of friendship. Stick and Stone are endearingly winning characters with distinctive, expressive personalities. Kids will savor the dynamic, funny digital illustrations; follow the panels and speech bubbles easily; and appreciate the font, which varies with the narrative’s onomatopoeia.

Readers will go for these pals who stick together in a bond as solid as stone. (Graphic fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 7, 2023

ISBN: 978-0-358-54938-3

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Clarion/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 23, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2023

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