Aspiring artist Marty Pants jumps to wild conclusions again with hysterical results.
When his faithful cat, Jerome, chomps a piece of a page from his perfect sister’s secret diary, Marty looks at it, of course: “My brother is a we,” it reads. Marty assumes the obvious: Erica somehow knows he is a werewolf. He consults his best (female) friend, aspiring psychologist Parker, who tries to talk him down. Instead, he makes a list of the symptoms of werewolfery and starts checking them off until his friend Roongrat, who makes up everything he says but pronounces it with confidence, professes belief in werewolves—ergo, they must not exist. Unfortunately, when Roongrat changes his tune and Marty realizes he displays all the symptoms, he must protect Parker…well, and the rest of the school, from the wild, rampaging beast he will surely become. Can he control his full-moon madness? Parisi’s second heavily illustrated, comic strip–dotted tale of art and absurdity is as fun and funny as the first. The paper-white cast overflows with varied, sometimes-goofy, character traits; those, combined with Marty’s misunderstandings and deadpan observations, will entertain through the final pages.
Readers will howl for the next installment even without full-moon inspiration. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-12)