Bad Island

Bad Island

by Doug TenNapel


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ISBN-13: 9780545314800
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 88,181
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: GN340L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's graphic novel GHOSTOPOLIS was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. Doug lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Bad Island 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This book is done in the good old comic book fashion. It is full of pictures that tell the story more than the words do. It includes the Wow! Screech! Huff! and Wham! that are so funny and expected in this kind of a book. The style of drawing is simple and effective, mostly black and white, with some color in it. The story is that of a typical family with a teen boy named Reese who feels misunderstood by his parents. He has a much younger sister Janie. The sister is very fond of her pet snake; even after the pet is dead she continues carrying it around. Mom and Dad decide to take a vacation to re-group the family that is slowly but surely drifting apart. Reese is looking for freedom and acknowledgement that he isn't a kid anymore. His sister is looking for some sort of acceptance from her mother, whose plants are more important to her than her family. It all starts out wrong, and from there it gets worse - a huge storm envelops them just hours after they sail away and throws them onto an island. They manage to rescue some things from the boat before it sinks in the sea. They make a shelter and have food to eat. All seems fine until they go exploring the island and find very weird and interesting natives. Are they just cuddly or very dangerous pets to have around? You will have to read the book. It is fun, scary and down right likable. Doug wrote a well-done book, enjoyable to any fan of comic books of all ages.
SharineHodge on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Bad islandThis book was about a family who had a teenager by the name of Reese. Reese has a younger sister by the name of Janie. He feels that his parent just do not understand him. After being forced on a boating trip with his family, it turned out not as he expected. The boat was tossed on a very strange island filled with the strangest lookig plants and animals. This vacation turned out to be a terrible one as they were not only trying to escape this island but also being very precautious of the dangerous inhabitants. This escape turned out to be a mysterious hunt with secrets to be unlocked. AS each secret was revealed there was no telling whether it would aid in their espcape or if it they will be doomed. Reese was already upset being after being forced on this trip and now this bad island adds to his frustration. His siter Janie seems to be crazy about her pet snake that died on the trip. This sad event causes her to keep it with her throughout the trip. Reese¿s parents idea of a trip was to reunite the family but it seems to be turning out to be the other way around. Reese feels that he is not understood by his parents that he is no longer a kid anymore and seeks freedom and acknowledgement of this. Janie is also longing for love and acceptance from her mother who shows more love and attention to her plants than to the family on a whole. This entire scenario seems to get from bad to worse. From the time that storm threw them on that island, the boat sank, they make a shelter and have food to last things only began to get worse. Apart from the strange interesting native of the island there was definetely something really bad about this island. Personal Reaction:I like how this book is created as an old comic book layout of black and white with a few colors in it. Because of the way the many pictures tell the story, I believe it would be easy to read and understand by children of all ages. I have a four year old and I am sure he would make sense of this book as he usually does with many picture books. The excalmation words used in this text truly brings the story to life. I also like how the artistic layout of the picture that is very simple and effective.It was kind of hard to believe the way the family seems to accept the weird creatures in no time as well as the way in which the secret places were found. The author/designer of the book did a great job at the beautiful colors and drawing. Extensions:To introduce this book to elementary children, I would elicit a discussion about a trip they went on or would like to go on. In this desciption they would be asked to state some of the things they would take on a trip. Th KWL strategy would be a very intersting tool to use for this novel and it would be amazing to see what the children come up with. After students have read the book the moral of the comic can be discussed ot elicited. Highlight the importance of love and acceptance in the family.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
When Reese and his family go on a boating trip (a trip no one but Dad seems to want to take...), things take a turn for the worse when a vicious storm dumps them on a mysterious island in the middle of the ocean. This isn't just any island, though. It's a bad island full of weird creatures that want to kill them.A little weird with some very freaky monsters, but through it all, the family dynamic shines through.
kayceel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A father takes his wife, teenage son, and young daughter on a vacation they'll never forget! When their boat crashes on an island, they worry at first whether they'll be able to start a fire, but as strange things begin happening, they realize they may be in real danger from this 'bad' island.A fun adventure story that brings a family back together.Recommended.
ke141703 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary: In this story a family goes on a boat trip but things go poorly and the crash and are shipwreaked on an island. Once they're on the island they face many frightening challenges.Personal Response: I enjoyed this story it was funny and entertaining. It was the first graphic novel I had read.Classroom Extension Ideas: I could have the students share what items they would want to take with them on a trip. Also I could have the students draw out a trip they went on and who went with them.
KatieKirk on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Summary:I've never read a graphic novel before but I think that Bad Island was a good one for me to start with. In Bad Island, a family goes on a boat trip but things go terribly wrong and they crash and end up on an island. Once they're on the island they face many frightening, dangerous challenges and obstacles.Personal Reaction:I actually really liked reading this book. It immediately grabs your attention and it's a quick read. I think this was well written and the pictures went really well with the rest of the story.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I would ask the children what they would take with them if they were going on a boat trip. I would also have them write what people and pets they would want to have with them.2. For an art/creative writing assignment. I would have students create one page telling of a trip they went on in graphic novel format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amassing. Read cover to cover in an hour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago