Amelia and her friends really do rule. Even though these are comic books the characters are not unrealistic but they sure are funny. I laughed outloud reading Amelia and The Gym Class System. It tells the story of Amelia’s first day at her new school.
SO THERE I AM, SURROUNDED BY WEIRDOS AND ALREADY SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL! I DIDN’T THINK THINGS COULD GET WORSE. THEN WE HAD GYM CLASS. (page 13)
Things DO get worse…Amelia goes to the principal’s office so many times he says, “I don’t believe I see my wife this often!” Author: Jimmy Gownley
Missile Mouse is still one tough mouse. He’s quick thinking, he’s smart, he takes some risks and lives to tell about it. He’s also got a bit of a temper. Sometimes he chooses not to follow the rules at the Galactic Security Agency and sometimes this gets him into trouble. He saves the day, for sure, but he can’t seem to do it without stomping off to fight a battle his own way or blowing stuff up.
In this second adventure Missile Mouse rescues the alien driver of a transport ship with suspicious cargo. The driver, Lasukus, from the planet Tankium3, has no memory – a device has been planted in his brain to control him. When the device is removed Lasukus teams up with Missile Mouse and Agent 44, a security bot, to rescue Tankium3’s men from an evil overlord as well as the assasin he has hired…none other than Missile Mouse’s arch nemesis, Blazing Bat. Just like in book one, good guys, bad guys, betrayals, aliens, spaceships, explosions…it’s all in here. Author: Jake Parker
Joey Fly, Private Eye, and his sidekick Sammy Stingtail are back solving another mystery in Bug City. This time they are hired by the tarantula Hairy Spyderson, owner of the Scarab Beetle Theatre. Hairy’s leading lady, Greta Divawing, is missing. No leading lady means no show and no show means no money. Hairy is desperate and says money is no object – he wants his lady back! Hairy hands Joey a downpayment for his detecting:
“It was a hefty wad of bread, the crusty European kind. With this kind of dough, I could leave a longer trail of bread crumbs than Hansel and Gretel.” (page 35)
Joey and Sammy head to the place Greta was least seen – the theater – to talk to all of the cast members who might have seen her before she turned up missing. Somebody has to know something, and Joey will find out what it is…unless Sammy talks to much, destroys clues, falls in love with a suspect, or whacks him in the head with his stinger.
At Nate’s school there is a new “Guess that Baby” bulletin board. The board is full of sixth grader’s baby pictures.
Nate finds the best looking baby on the board and is sure it is Jenny, “the most awesome girl in the whole sixth grade….She’s the best-looking baby here. By FAR!” (page 9) But the picture ISN’T Jenny, it’s Gina, Nate’s LEAST favorite person in the whole world. And Nate has just announced to the whole sixth grade that Gina is the best looking, “by FAR!”
This is like one of those bad dreams where everyone else has clothes on and you’re in your underwear…I just might puke. (pages 13-14)
Nate’s day gets worse when he gets paired with Gina for a research project and gets stuck with her on his fleece-ball team. When Gina manages to get their team named the Kuddle Kittens instead of Wrecking Balls, Grave Diggers or No Mercy Nate tries to take matters into his own hands, with typical wimpy kid-like results. Author: Lincoln Peirce
You can get a sneak peek online of the upcoming The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel – no password required. The scene is where Percy, Annabeth and Grover visit Auntie Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium. Read It. I think he looks pretty cool on the cover.