Edited by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm
I’m new to the middle grade and elementary grade graphic novels. I read a few when I was younger (Bone) and my girls loved BabyMouse. So besides BabyMouse and Bone I haven’t read a bunch of them. However I work with kids and they LOVE graphic novels. So I’m always trying to find new ones to suggest when they are looking for their next read. Comic Squad Detention is the first of the series for me and I’ll be seeking the other’s out since this one was really entertaining. Each story was written but a different graphic novel writer in children’s/middle grade novels. This is a great way to get a taste of other author’s work and writing style to discover new favorites that you want to read more from. I know I found a few that I’d like to check out more of this own graphic novels to read. I just might be a graphic novel reader after all. 🙂
The Lunch Bunch in…Detention Disaster: This one was cute and all maybe not a favorite of mine but I can see kids really getting a kick out of Hector, Dee and Terrence’s adventures in crime solving.
Cheating Death w/ Sisyphus: This one is my favorite! It is an ode to mythology and perfect for Percy Jackson or any Rick Riordan readers. I loved the mythology and the story was great.
Worse Than Detention: This one was funny for me. In this graphic novel short story the school made the kids work in the kindergarten room instead of detention. They found it worked like a charm and they didn’t have repeat offenders. 🙂
Milo’s Journey: This one was another favorite of mine. In this one there was no electronics allowed while serving detention. It also showed what a great imagination you can have when you’re not plugged in and left to your own devices to pass time.
Too Nice: This one was just OK for me. I did like how the boy noticed the girl was really smart.
Cyclopean Kid: Detention is Forever!: This was another mythology story and it was good. It was about a college student in the education program was also student teaching in monstergarten. I did like that it showed by getting detention sometimes you miss out on the fun. For us it would be called time out on the line up line.
Think About What You’ve Done: This was another great one with an artistic imaginative kid. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Squish: Leave No Cell Behind: The science nerd in me really really enjoyed this one and I would love to read more Squish graphic novels. This one was a big hit with my middle grader as well, she loves all things science!
About the graphic novel: Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till you get sent to the principal?! Don’t punish yourself! Read the next Comics Squad! Leave your troubles behind with this collection of quick and funny stories about many kids’ biggest fear–detention! Sure, detention can be scary or frustrating or just plain boring, but who knew it could also be an adventure? With a disrespectful Greek god, antimatter ooze, bio engineered rats, and a school full of stampeding bulls, it is definitely full of fun!
Thank you so much Random House Kids for sending us a copy of Comic Squad: Detention!. All thoughts and opinions are our own and not influenced by the free book.