Johnny Boo, Book 4: The Mean Little Boy

Johnny Boo, Book 4: The Mean Little Boy

by James Kochalka
     
 

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"Perfect for beginning readers." -- Publishers Weekly

"Kochalka's command of the comic form is sublime and adorable. Kids will love Johnny Boo." -- Harry Bliss, illustrator of Diary of a Worm

"Johnny Boo is sweet without being sugary and comfortably familiar yet fresh on every page. All in all, Kochalka's light touch has created the quintessential small

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"Perfect for beginning readers." -- Publishers Weekly

"Kochalka's command of the comic form is sublime and adorable. Kids will love Johnny Boo." -- Harry Bliss, illustrator of Diary of a Worm

"Johnny Boo is sweet without being sugary and comfortably familiar yet fresh on every page. All in all, Kochalka's light touch has created the quintessential small gem." -- Peter Gutiérrez, School Library Journal

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. The fourth Johnny Boo book is packed with laughs and charm, with just the gentlest touch of potty humor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091138
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Johnny Boo Series , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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