Backyard Bug Battle: A Buzz Beaker Brainstorm

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Buzz spills an invention of his Dad's super-fast grow juice, and creates gigantic insects and flowers. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Overview

Buzz spills an invention of his Dad's super-fast grow juice, and creates gigantic insects and flowers. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One in a series of graphic novels written especially for students in the Guided Reading Program, a program that assists struggling readers by providing adult assistance in a small group setting. Emphasis is on diagnosing and focusing on reading problems such as comprehension or word attack skills. The graphic novel is similar to a comic book, providing interest to students needing visual stimulation to keep their interest in reading. This story begins by introducing the characters of this rather silly tale of a boy whose father invents fertilizer that makes plants grow to super size, while the son Buzz comes up with a solution to keep bugs off plants. Accidentally, the solutions become switched and chaos ensues. The brightly colored illustrations will keep readers interested and amused, and the limited text will not overwhelm. This series is graduated to match Guided Reading levels, and this edition is an H level. A glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, listing of famous inventions, and sources for further study are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598892246
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Graphic Sparks Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 970,733
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.

Andy Smith knew he wanted to be an illustrator (if he couldn't be a space adventurer, superhero, or ghost hunter). After graduating from college in 1998, he began working at a handful of New York City animation studios on shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog and Sheep in the Big City. Since then, he has worked as a character designer, freelance illustrator, and taught high school and college art classes. Andy lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts, with his wife Karen.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    My 7 year old son recently started reading graphic novels. This book was perfect for him, it was easy to read and understand and the illustrations kept his interest too. Even my 3 year old enjoyed seeing the "giant" bugs.

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