Media Meltdown (Graphic Guide Series)

Media Meltdown (Graphic Guide Series)

by Liam O'Donnell, Mike Deas
     
 

Pema, Bounce and Jagroop are battling a greedy developer for control of the airwaves.See more details below

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Overview

Pema, Bounce and Jagroop are battling a greedy developer for control of the airwaves.

Editorial Reviews

boingboing.net
"A good mix of instructional and narrative comic, using the medium's strengths to illustrate how media is made, and giving kids the tools they need to research media-making for themselves. The mystery plot is simple, but has some good tension and twists, and the resolution is really sweet. Understanding how media gets made and learning to make your own media are critical skills for kids, and this is a great starting-point."
— Cory Doctorow
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"Through both plot and side-bar explanations, readers learn how the media world operates at both the technical and the economic levels…The children's ability with electronic technology—and interest in learning more—will ring true for many readers, old and young alike, and lends veracity to this already engaging mystery."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"A great resource for kids who are looking at advertising in schools, and will inspire an interest in other kids who pick this up off the shelf."
nonfictioncomics.net
"The narrative flows from topic to topic seamlessly, talking about the general concept of media literacy...The kids are likable, smart but flawed...The lessons imparted are made for anyone navigating today's complicated media landscape."
CM Magazine
"The illustrations in the graphic guide are solid and modern and will really appeal to children today. The information is well-researched and well-balanced, showing both the unique nature of the Internet as a vehicle for news, but also the pitfalls that are singular to the World Wide Web... Overall, Media Meltdown is a very entertaining and informative graphic novel and is sure to impress and instruct a generation of computer savvy children. Recommended."
www.boingboing.net
A good mix of instructional and narrative comic, using the medium's strengths to illustrate how media is made, and giving kids the tools they need to research media-making for themselves. The mystery plot is simple, but has some good tension and twists, and the resolution is really sweet. Understanding how media gets made and learning to make your own media are critical skills for kids, and this is a great starting-point.
— Cory Doctorow
www.nonfictioncomics.net
"The narrative flows from topic to topic seamlessly, talking about the general concept of media literacy...The kids are likable, smart but flawed...The lessons imparted are made for anyone navigating today's complicated media landscape."
www.boingboing.net - Cory Doctorow
"A good mix of instructional and narrative comic, using the medium's strengths to illustrate how media is made, and giving kids the tools they need to research media-making for themselves. The mystery plot is simple, but has some good tension and twists, and the resolution is really sweet. Understanding how media gets made and learning to make your own media are critical skills for kids, and this is a great starting-point."
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
The author blends information on energy with the way the media works to influence the public. As Pema, Bounce, and Jagroop try unsuccessfully to get their story on the news, they are threatened. They have to figure out a way to get the story out before their article is lost forever. The author provides step-by-step methods on how to "analyze" the information they hear and read and how to best get their own information out. This is a well-written book that is suitable for both boys and girls. Any book written in graphic format is a favorite of mine. Graphic novels are perfect for reluctant readers and students who never seem to finish a book on their own. They are also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics support and expand the story extremely well. Vocabulary has been well selected and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a source for research. The author includes a web page address that provides much additional information on Media Meltdown. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10–The story of a small farmer versus a large developer is an excellent choice for developing media literacy. Mr. Reed of Oasis Developers wants to purchase Jagroop’s family fruit farm and turn it into another suburban development. When Jagroop and his friends expose Reed’s nefarious activities, including setting fire to the family’s barn, to the local press, they quickly discover how advertising and media conglomeration affect news stories. The design and layout are colorful and fast paced. The text is well written and paired with useful imagery. The Web site www.mediameltdown.net offers the book as a free download as well as games and educational materials.–Lisa Gieskes, CA Johnson Preparatory Academy, Columbia, SC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554690657
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Graphic Guides Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
837,666
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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