James Kochalka's beloved, all-ages series continues with another goofy romp! When Johnny Boo announces a play date with his quiet new friend Rocky the Rock, trusty sidekick Squiggle is left to find a new friend of his own. How about this nice fellow named the Mean Little Boy? He sure is fond of his butterfly net, and he's got a great game to play with Squiggle... but, wait a minute, maybe the Mean Little Boy isn't actually so nice! It's up to Johnny Boo and Squiggle to find a ...
James Kochalka's beloved, all-ages series continues with another goofy romp! When Johnny Boo announces a play date with his quiet new friend Rocky the Rock, trusty sidekick Squiggle is left to find a new friend of his own. How about this nice fellow named the Mean Little Boy? He sure is fond of his butterfly net, and he's got a great game to play with Squiggle... but, wait a minute, maybe the Mean Little Boy isn't actually so nice! It's up to Johnny Boo and Squiggle to find a way out of this pickle.
Squiggle is sad. Johnny Boo does not want to play with him! Actually, that is not exactly true. It's not that Johnny Boo does not WANT to play with Squiggle. It is that Johnny Boo has promised his friend, Rocky the Rock, that today will be a special Johnny Boo and Rocky day. So Squiggle must find someone else to play with, just for today. This leads Squiggle to interact with a little boy, who locks him in a jar! This is the fourth "Johnny Boo" book in Kochalka's early reader graphic novel series. Kochalka's illustrations are simple and playful, using bright colors and broad, curvy strokes to communicate a basic, backyard world. Although the title implies that the featured conflict will be with the mean little boy, many more pages are spent on Squiggle's disappointment that Johnny Boo is not available for play than on the little boy's meanness. This is a gentle book about friendship and the political dynamics of playtime. Even the bathroom humor is gentle. Libraries looking for calm, whimsical graphic novels which communicate the magic of childhood through the lens of a talking ghost will enjoy this title. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
Plenty of potty references and a bully who gets what he deserves thanks to a juicy "sneeze-boo" ensure chortles galore from the emergent-reader set for the ghostly Johnny's fourth appearance. Ghostlet Squiggle-a comma-shaped wisp in Kochalka's very simple colored panels-is on his own while Johnny Boo plays with Rocky the Rock. Lonely, he thinks that Mean Little Boy might be a new friend, but he learns better when MLB traps him in a jar before rushing off to pee. "I hope you PEE your PANTS!" shouts Squiggle after him. "Oh wait. Was that a mean thing to say?" By the time MLB comes back (wearing a different pair of pants), Johnny has shown up to rescue his ectoplasmic little buddy with a loud "BOO!"-accompanied by a messy sneeze, as he's coming down with a cold. Closing with a jovial further discussion of Mean Little Boy's weeing habits, this entry should make as big a splash as the earlier episodes. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)
Johnny Boo is a happy little ghost, and his sidekick friend, Squiggle, returns in his fourth adventure. Squiggle just wants to spend the day playing with him. However, Johnny Boo insists he's playing with another friend (that he makes up), to avoid spending the day with Squiggle. From this simple setup, lessons on friendship and truth telling are learned, as Boo and Squiggle encounter a new friend who isn't so friendly. Kochalka's clearly placed panels, simple illustrations with bright bold colors, and large speech balloons are packaged nicely into short and readable chapters, perfect for beginning readers. The story is made complete with a photo of Kochalka's drawing hand at the end of the book, which many readers will find amusing. Ages 6-10. (June)