Mo and Jo: Fighting Together Forever

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“Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel’s bold images and zippy colors; the highest-quality production supplies good, old fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop.” – Kirkus Reviews
 
Mona and Joey can’t stop fighting! When the Mighty Mojo decides to give his powerful costume to them, these argumentative twins fight so much they rip it in half. Now each one...

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Overview

“Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel’s bold images and zippy colors; the highest-quality production supplies good, old fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop.” – Kirkus Reviews
 
Mona and Joey can’t stop fighting! When the Mighty Mojo decides to give his powerful costume to them, these argumentative twins fight so much they rip it in half. Now each one is only half as strong! Can Mo and Jo find a way to combine their powers, fight evil Saw-Jaw and save their town?
 
Two master cartoonists, writer Jay Lynch and artist Dean Haspiel, create a loving, tongue-in-cheek superhero tale where the kids’ biggest battle is just learning to get along.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
When siblings Mona and Joey get a visit from their favorite superhero, the Mighty Mojo, it's like a dream come true, especially when Mojo reveals he is retiring and gives his costume—which contains all of his powers—to the kids. Unfortunately, "Mo" and "Jo" cannot stop arguing over who gets to wear the costume and end up tearing it in half. Fortunately, mom is able to sew the scraps into two costumes, but now each kid has only one of Mojo's powers but needs both to stop the villainous Saw-Jaw from popping a giant balloon at a parade. Can the brother and sister duo put aside their differences and work together for once? Drawn in classic Silver-Age-style comic book artwork, Mo and Jo Fighting Together Forever combines relatable sibling rivalry with old-fashioned, comic-book storytelling to create a story that will entertain younger kids. Young readers will like the powers showcased, which include magnetic boots—allowing Jo to climb up metal walls like Spider-Man—and elastic arms—letting Mo stretch her limbs like Elasti-Girl from The Incredibles. Not a book for older kids who will probably want something more sophisticated but a definite winner for readers who appreciate creative picture books. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Mona and Joey are constantly fighting but they both share a love for the superhero Mojo. One day, out of the blue, their mailman reveals that he is actually their revered hero in disguise. Ready to retire, he offers the children his costume, which contains his special powers. The siblings fight over it until they rip it in half, but their mother creatively transforms the pieces into two costumes, each containing one of Mojo's powers. When the town parade is threatened, the children must learn to work together, becoming the team "Mojo." The dynamic cartoon art successfully conveys the excitement and action of the plot, and children will love the simple graphic format. However, though young readers will probably be drawn into the narrative by the dynamic artwork, some of the text might be difficult for them to decode. Also, the siblings' bickering is grating, making the characters somewhat unappealing, and the central message that the children need to work together is a bit heavy-handed.-Mari Pongkhamsing, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA

Kirkus Reviews
The newest addition to the Toon Book early-reader series presents brother and sister Joey and Mona, who are always fighting. The only thing they agree on is their favorite superhero, the Mighty Mojo. The kids are astonished to learn that the mailman is Mojo in disguise; retiring to Miami, he bequeaths to them the red-and-yellow costume containing his superpowers. When the squabbling siblings rip the costume, Mom sews two costumes from the halves, and now they each have one superpower: Mona's arms can stretch and Joey has powerful magnetic boots. Called to action, they must save the star of the parade, the giant inflatable hippo, from the villainous gator-thing Saw-Jaw! Still bickering, the siblings almost botch the job until they realize that working as a team is a better way to fight crime. Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel's bold images and zippy colors; this high-quality production supplies good, old-fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979923852
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,404,876
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Lynch, who wrote Mo and Jo’s story, loved to read superhero comics like Plastic Man when he was a kid. When he wasn’t reading comic books, he would draw his own cartoon characters on the sidewalk in front of his house—then hide in the bushes to hear what other kids had to say about his drawings! Jay grew up to become a legendary cartoonist and has helped create many popular humor products, including Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
 
Dean Haspiel used to read Fantastic Four and Shazam! when he was a kid. He admits that when he was young, he used to fight with his brother, too: “All siblings have a healthy rivalry, and so did we.” He has illustrated Pulitzer Prize-wining author Michael Chabon’s The Escapist and drawn superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. He created his own comic character, Billy Dogma, and is the founder of the webcomic collective ACT-I-VATE.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for Kids @ TeensReadToo.com

    Joey and Mona are typical siblings. They argue - a lot. They fight over the video game controller - a lot. They make fun of each other - a lot. <BR/><BR/>There's one thing they can agree on, though. Mighty MoJo is the most awesome superhero ever. And when they discover the secret behind MoJo's identity, and are given his superpowers to fight evil, you'd think the arguing between Joey and Mona would stop. <BR/><BR/>But it doesn't, until they realize they'll have to work together to use MoJo's powers to protect the world. <BR/><BR/>MO AND JO: FIGHTING TOGETHER FOREVER is the perfect book to introduce children to comics and graphic novels. My daughter, who is almost eight, loves the format of these types of books, but since they're usually written for older teens, the content isn't always appropriate. This one was perfect for her, and, as the younger sister of a nearly-teen brother, she could perfectly relate to the storyline, as well. <BR/><BR/>A great book with wonderful, full-color illustrations, you don't want to miss this one!

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