Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball

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Using simple text and cartoon-style illustrations, Charise Mericle Harper introduces young readers to a new graphic novel series, Bean Dog and Nugget.These two engaging characters capture young kids' actions, reactions, conversations, imagination, and humor with spot-on accuracy. Kids will want to follow Bean Dog and Nugget and their adventures in each and every book in the series.

In The Ball, the first book in this series, Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog's shiny new ball in ...

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Overview

Using simple text and cartoon-style illustrations, Charise Mericle Harper introduces young readers to a new graphic novel series, Bean Dog and Nugget.These two engaging characters capture young kids' actions, reactions, conversations, imagination, and humor with spot-on accuracy. Kids will want to follow Bean Dog and Nugget and their adventures in each and every book in the series.

In The Ball, the first book in this series, Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog's shiny new ball in a bush. They dream up elaborate and silly ways to get it back while they argue about who is actually going to go and get it. Enter Superdog and Ninja Nugget for a hilarious ending that kids will love and relate to.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
Another welcome entry in the early-reader graphic-novel genre…peppered with zippy humor.
Publishers Weekly
Harper (the Just Grace novels) demonstrates that less is indeed more in this quirky buddy-comedy sketch, first in the Bean Dog and Nugget series. Minimalist, two-color cartoons in orange and gray appear within rectangular panels, and Harper portrays her two protagonists as inflated stick figures—Bean Dog has a tall oval shape, tiny Nugget is round—with facial expressions that drive the story’s humor. The dialogue, delivered in speech balloons, is similarly streamlined and snappy, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Bean Dog is enamored of his new ball, but he isn’t very good at sharing or playing nice. After he nails Nugget in the head with it (“Think fast, Nugget! Catch!”), he gets upset when it bounces into the bushes (“That was a bad catch”). They throw their shoes into the bush in hopes of knocking the ball out, but it takes a transformation into makeshift superheroes (after a particularly funny extended riff on the line, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”) to retrieve it. Bean Dog and Nugget squabble over sweet treats in The Cookie, due simultaneously. Ages 5–8. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (May)¦
Kirkus Reviews
Bean Dog and Nugget are ready for action! Bean Dog, a pink bean, or perhaps a hot dog, with stick arms and plaid shorts, has a new ball. It's shiny and perfect and special to him. He's having the best day playing with his ball when he sees Nugget, a pink circle with stick arms, a bow and a skirt. She thinks his ball is great, but he won't let her play with it. She sets off whistling, and he thinks better of his selfishness, tossing it and telling her to think fast. The ball bounces off her roundness and vanishes…into the spooky bushes. How can they get Bean Dog's ball back? Throw snowballs at it? Donuts? Monkeys? Muffins? No, their shoes! Now their shoes are stuck too. This calls for some deep thinking and a plan: Superdog and Ninja Nugget attack the bushes with garden implements. They get their stuff back: Yeah! After a game and some cake, it really is the best day! Harper kicks off another graphic-novel series for the early-reader audience with a tale happily devoid of the potty humor and didacticism that mark her Wedgieman titles. The simplicity of the illustrations and the text will draw in young readers, who will identify with the enthusiasm and silliness of these two-color, stick-and-bean characters. Amiable goofiness to the nth degree--a winner. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Do not let the title of this book fool you: despite sounding like something you might order at a fast-food restaurant, this slim graphic novel is guaranteed to charm the very young with its silliness and innocent humor. Bean Dog, who resembles a hot dog, has a bright, shiny new ball. But when he tries to play ball with his friend, Nugget, he accidentally throws it into a very angry bush. They must rescue the ball, but how? After thinking about throwing snowballs, monkeys, or muffins into the bush to shake the ball loose, they decide to transform themselves into "Superdog and Ninja Nugget," and new adventures begin. The text is limited to a few words per cartoon panel, and some of the words are highlighted for emphasis. This book could easily be used as an effective tool for teaching reading to beginners. The illustrations, which use orange accents against shades of black and white, are bold and funny. They also serve to complement the text and advance the plot. This is the second book in the "Bean Dog and Nugget" series, and it fills a definite need for graphic novels designed for the very young. Both boys and girls will enjoy this series, with its loveable characters and harmless fun. The pages are not numbered. Reviewer: Leona Illig
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307977076
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Series: Bean Dog and Nugget Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 286,341
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARISE MERICLE HARPER has written and illustrated numerous children's books, including Just Grace; Wedgieman: A Hero Is Born; Wedgieman to the Rescue; The Power of Cute; Gigi in the Big City; Milo's Special Words; Good Night, Leo; Pink Me Up; When Randolph Turned Rotten; Fashion Kitty; and Fashion Kitty Versus the Fashion Queen. She lives in Mamaroneck, New York, with her husband and their two children. Charise loves creating art and stories, petting her cat, drinking coffee, and eating pie. Visit her at ChariseHarper.com

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    Wow!  You hit the nail on the head with this new series Bean Dog

    Wow!  You hit the nail on the head with this new series Bean Dog and Nugget!  My son is 6 (just finishing up 1st grade) and he read both of them as soon as I handed them over to him.  Then the next day he brought them into school to share and ALL the kids went nuts over them.  He showed everyone his "favorite" parts and then he had to bring them home because they caused such a stir. He is begging for more!  It is so hard to find good reading at this level that also makes the kids laugh.  Thank you so much!  Bring on #3 & #4!

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