Bad Island

Bad Island

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by Doug TenNapel
     
 

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Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's

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Overview

Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them . . . or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.

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Praise for GHOSTOPOLIS:

“TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life.”–School Library Journal, starred

“TenNapel is a terrific cartoonist and in fine form here.”–Booklist

“TenNapel is an accomplished creator of graphic novels for kids, and this is sure to appeal to all those who love his most famous character, Earthworm Jim.”–Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - BriAnne Baxley MLIS
It's like a bad dream for Reese. Instead of spending time at home with his buddies this typical teenager finds himself sharing a boat trip with his family. Predicting a time of boredom and a waste of time, Reese is taken by surprise when his family ends up on a deserted island after a horrible storm. Finding themselves on an unusual island, Reese and his family are unaware of the many secrets that it holds. As the island's secrets are revealed, this everyday family finds themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. During their journey Reese remembers how important each family member is to him and what it truly means to be a family. The story is written in a way that readers are encouraged to look beyond the text and to really examine the clues that the graphics provide thus making the reader feel as if they are part of the secrets of the Bad Island. Reviewer: BriAnne Baxley, MLIS
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—One glance at the cover depicting ominous clouds overhead and a landmass with a glaring red eye informs readers that the author of Ghostopolis (Scholastic, 2010) has created another exploration of the bizarre. Dad has decided to take Reese, who is too cool for family outings, and his sister, Janine, on a fishing trip. The vacation takes an unexpected turn when their boat capsizes during a storm and they find themselves marooned on a strange island. To their horror, the family slowly realizes that the island is the submerged body of a giant creature, escaped from another world. The story alternates between the shipwreck survivors and the faraway world that created this "island." Both stories feature conflict between an adolescent son and his father. Clever touches highlight the dawning pubescence of both son and monster: small whiskers sprouting on the giant monster, Reese's flippant response when his mother wonders about his ability to make her nervous. "No problem mom. It's a gift." Ultimately, both rebellious adolescents grow up and find their place as young men. The vibrant color palette used in the family's story contrasts with the grays and browns of the monster world. Both places are punctuated with red, yellow, and black to emphasize the scenes of conflict, while silhouettes add a striking visual touch. Expressive wide-eyed faces perfectly capture emotions while the effective use of humor (a dead pet snake plays an important role) keeps the tension from becoming overwhelming. TenNapel has crafted another rip-roaring adventure with wide audience appeal.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545314800
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
134,984
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
GN340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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