George and Harold can turn their Principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants. Since this is book #9 in the series, you probably already know that. You probably even know how they do it and how they turn him back into Principal Krupp. But did you know about George and Harold BEFORE Captain Underpants? George and Harold actually met in Kindergarten.
In Kindergarten their teachers are mean, the bullies are mean and their principal is mean. When George rescues Harold from a run-in with sixth-grade bullies the two team up to take on all the mean. They may be in Kindergarten. They me be short. They may only weigh 50 pounds, but they know one thing that will help them beat the bullies. “It’s important to be smart.” (page 92)
That it is. No wonder George and Harold are the best comic book making, principal hypnotizing, bully fighting pranksters in Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. Cafeteria food? No problem. Sixth-grade bullies? No problem. These two are smart enough to handle it all…except maybe Tippy Tinkletrousers. He’s terrifying and he time travels and he totally messes everything up, as in, he maybe destroyed the earth! Are George and Harold smart enough to fix THIS mess…or will they have to time travel themselves and call on our favorite polka dot caped crusader? Maybe you’ll find out in this one and maybe you won’t. Just like always, Dav likes a cliffhanger. Pilkey says book #10 is the “final epic novel” in the series. In that one we’ll find out what finally happens. I hope! It comes out January 15, 2013. Dav Pilkey
When the sprinkler system at school goes haywire filling the school with water and mold Big Nate and his friends think they will get an unexpected 2 week break from P.S. 38. Instead, they get bused to Jefferson Middle School instead – their arch enemies who beat them in EVERYTHING…soccer, battle of the bands, math quiz bowl – everything!
What’s worse, when they get to Jefferson it’s…really nice.
Jefferson Middle School Fancy Facts:
1. The drinking fountains all have motion sensors.
2. The auitorium has movie style seats and then RECLINE!
3. There’s a rec room for kids to use during free periods.
4. They don’t have a cafetorium…they have a FOOD COURT…that smells GOOD.
The P.S. 38 kids are sick of it. They think hard about what kind of competition they could challenge Jefferson to that would given them a chance at winning…and Nate comes up with it…the Ultimate Snowdown Snow Sculpture Contest. Can Nate lead his P.S. 38 friends to victory? Author: Lincoln Peirce (Pronounced “purse” – who knew?)
Claudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terrorizing the townfolk by raiding for its favorite food…baby feet! All the adults want to think the wall is good enough protection. Claudette thinks the best defense is a good offense. She recruits her friend Marie, who aspires to be a princess, her little brother Gaston, who aspires to be a chef, and her pug Valiant, to sneak out of town and kick some giant booty.
Being brave means that even if you are scared, you can still look fear in the eyes and tell it…I’m going to kick your ever-lovin’butt! (page 92)
Claudette’s rag tag band of giant warriors faces certain death at the hands of the apple hag, the river king and the baby feet eating giant himself…and discover that they are braver, tougher, smarter, more loyal and the best friends EVER! A perfect graphic novel adventure for you if you like Amelia Rules! or The Secret Science Alliance.
Emily, her brother Navin and their bunch of Star Wars inspired friends; humans, robots, animals and elves, head to Cielis, the home of the Guardian Council of Stonekeepers, a group of the most powerful Stonekeepers. Emily hopes she’ll find help there in her battle against the Elf King.
You want to know the first clue something is wrong when you arrive in a strange city? When your host separates you from your friends. Bad. Instead of getting any help, or even anyone to listen to her fears about the rise of the Elf King, Emily finds herself entered into a competition between Stonekeepers to earn a spot on the Council. It’s a little like Hunger Games actually…kids battling it out in a do or die competition. The problem is, Emily doesn’t WANT to be on the Council and she doesn’t want to fight either. But someone in the group IS looking for a fight and is willing to sell integrity itself to win. Emily might not be looking for a fight, but the fight is looking for her.
Meanwhile, her loyal band of friends is on the hunt for her. You can divide this group, but it won’t last long, and don’t think conquering them will be easy either! Note: Miskit STILL my favorite and he isn’t even IN this volume that much. I need a loyal pink bunny robot friend with brains. He’s got Emily’s back plus, he knows how to drive and repair space ships…Chewbacca style. Hopefully more of him in #5. Learn how to draw that cutie in the video below. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Here are the first three Amulet books and one more, The Mystery Boxes…which is edited by Kazu Kibuishi. In this one several different graphic novel authors imagine a story about a mystery box and what might or might not be inside it: