Rise of the Balloon Goons (The Notebook of Doom Series #1)

Rise of the Balloon Goons (The Notebook of Doom Series #1)

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by Troy Cummings
     
 

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Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers

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Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word "DOOM" inscribed on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons--unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illlustrations, and of course . . . monsters!

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Praise for THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM #1: RISE OF THE BALLOON GOONS

"Cranking up the horrorlarity with googly eyed cartoon figures and sight gags on nearly every page, Cummings pitches his nervous but resourceful newcomer into a climactic, all-out battle with an entire army of aggressive, air-stealing bendy balloons." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER FREAKS OUT!

"Clever text full of witty asides." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for MORE BEARS!

"[Artwork that is] infused with zaniness and fun." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Alexander Bopp is afraid. His family has moved to a new town. He is afraid of sleeping in his new home (located on the edge of Gobbler's Woods), going to a new school (with a teacher who calls him Salamander Snott), and making new friends. When Alex finds a notebook filled with drawings of monsters, he thinks he may be in for trouble. When he starts seeing balloon goons lurking about town, he knows he is in trouble. Alex faces his fears, takes on the balloon goons, and makes a new friend in the process. The text is broken up by pencil and computer illustrations, charts, diagrams, signs, and pages from the notebook. The busy format, abundance of humor, and child-like illustrations will appeal to reluctant readers and monster story lovers. This is the first in a new series. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545493239
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Notebook of Doom Series, #1
Pages:
89
Sales rank:
25,113
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Troy Cummings has been drawing since he was a little kid. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers and magazines, on websites, on frozen-fish-stick packages, and in hospital waiting rooms. He has published two picture books so far: THE EENSY WEENSY SPIDER FREAKS OUT! and MORE BEARS! His third picture book, GIDDY-UP, DADDY! is due out in April 2013. THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM is his first early chapter book series. He lives in Indiana with his cat and family.

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Rise of the Balloon Goons 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Finally! An early chapter book worth talking about! With the popularity of scary themes and mysteries, this book is perfect to introduce a youngster into the world of reading. I read this with my 5 year old daughter and she loved it. She went back through the book, page by page after we read it, looking at the pictures and talking about what happened in the story. Alexander is the new kid in town and he is noticing a lot of strange things happening. The balloon goons you see in front of car dealerships start appearing everywhere. Car tires are mysteriously going flat all over town. But that's nothing compared to the mysterious notebook he finds, or the unexpected birthday guests. The plot is a full, complete story that is simplified for early readers. There isn't any skimping when it comes to buildup and character development. The characters are fun and each one plays their role in the story quite well. There is humor, mystery, suspense, and friendship in this little chapter book. I am SO glad that this is going to be a series because I know at least one little girl that can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Monsters? Yes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We struggle to get my almost second grader to read for fun. Then I discovered the various Branches book series. My daughter loves scary/weird stories and shows (like Gravity Falls) and devoured this book and asked me to buy all of the books in the series, and has been reading them all independently on her camp bus and before bed. She is a solid reader - this book has a nice balance of "easy" reading and "stretch" words. Its not too scary (she doesnt want to read Goosbumps, for example), but its got enough "monster" to make her happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are monsters everywhere! There is a kid named Alexander Bopp and he is scared to death. I am a 9 year old boy and I like the story because of the monsters. The monsters are really funny. You should read this book if you haven`t already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of the best series out there as an early chapter book for boys.  My 3rd grader was reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid and my 1st grader wanted to be just like his big brother, but those books were too hard for him.  We went to Barnes and Noble and asked the lady in the children's area.  This was one of the recommendations she made, and another mother there said that her two boys loved it, so we bought it.  We read the first one as a family at bedtime.  My kids were enthralled and could not wait for the next chapter!  As a teacher, I love that the monsters are written about like you would an animal, with their habitats, eating habits, and fun facts listed.  In a way, it somewhat incorporates science into this well written children's book.  The characters are great, and the stories are really interesting.  My third grader is now devouring these books and said he likes them as much as Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  My first grader is able to read these on his own, as well.  I am so happy to have found this series.  We have pre-ordered all the ones we can and are on book 4 now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm going to give this 5 Stars for reasons, well, it made my son WANT to read. He picked up the book and didn't put it down. Although I thought this was more on a second grade reading level or earlier, my 3rd grader loved these books. He sat for 30 minutes and read and then picked the book back up and read more. I couldn't believe it. He basically finished the book in 2 days, which is great but I wish their were 30 more Notebook of Dooms. He really loved these books and he asked me to take him to the store to get more. Who doesn't love going to Barnes & Noble. Try it out. Waiting for Chapter #6 and #7.
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