Being the younger brother of someone who seems to be able to do everything better is tough. At least, that's the way Mikey feels about his brother A.J. Whether it's running, playing basketball or even video games, A.J.'s constant response to Mikey's efforts seems to be "Too slow, little bro!" On a family vacation at the river, the competition continues. Although Mikey manages to catch a small fish, A.J.'s catch is impressive. Ultimately, however, Mikey finds his niche, and gets to deliver a payback line to A.J. This delightful book is apparently part of the publisher's "My 1st Graphic Novel" series. With that in mind, the book begins with a two-page How to Read a Graphic Novel section, explaining with words and pictures just how to follow the story line. Considering this book would be interesting to beginning readers who may be still mastering concepts about print, this introductory section is a helpful addition, as is the glossary at the back of the book. The book's discussion questions are designed to invite readers to connect to the story, drawing on their own experiences, reactions, and opinions. The writing prompts, though related in some way to the story line, suggest personal writing opportunities. For one of the writing options, making a list of things to do on a day at the river, the book actually offers a model, Mikey's River Checklist, a tool to get even the most reluctant writer going. The simple story line and illustrations in this book, as well as the add-ons, should make it a welcome addition to any primary classroom library. Reviewer: Maria Lamattina, EdD.
Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, Scott Nickel works by day at Paws, inc., Jim Davis's famous Garfield studio, and he freelances by night. Burning the midnight oil, Scott has created hundreds of humorous greeting cards and written several children's books, short fiction for "Boys' Life" magazine, comic strips, and lots of really funny knock-knock jokes. He was raised in southern California, but in 1995 Scott moved to Indiana, where he currently lives with his wife, two sons, six cats, and several sea monkeys.
Steve Harpster has loved to draw funny cartoons, mean monsters, and goofy gadgets since he was able to pick up a pencil. In first grade, he avoided writing assignments by working on the pictures for stories instead. Steve was able to land a job drawing funny pictures for books, and that's really what he's best at. Steve lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wonderful wife, Karen, and their sheepdog, Doodle.