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Squish 1: Super Amoeba
Contributor(s): Holm, Jennifer L., Holm, Matthew
ISBN: 0375843892     ISBN-13: 9780375843891
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
Annotation: Introducing SQUISH—a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day). Inspired by his favorite comic book hero, SUPER AMOEBA!, Squish has to navigate school (bullies! detention! Principal Planaria!), family (dad: Hates to wear a tie. Secretly listens to heavy metal in the car), and friends (Peggy-rainbows! happy all the time! and Pod . . . who's . . . well, you just have to meet him). Can Squish save the world—and his friends—from the forces of evil lurking in the hallways? Find out in Squish: Super Amoeba—saving the world, one cell at a time!
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Graphic novels.
Amoeba; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Superheroes
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: 2010008004
Lexile Measure: 230
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Squish
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (0.38 lbs) 90 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 143699
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q53734
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Brother-and-sister team MATTHEW "InkBoy" HOLM and JENNIFER "WriterGirl" HOLM are the dashing duo behind the award-winning Babymouse series. In addition to fighting the forces of evil, Jennifer is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including three Newbery Honor winners, Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise. Matthew Holm is a graphic designer and freelance writer.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
The brother-sister team behind Babymouse presents a brand-new graphic novel series starring Squish, a young amoeba. In his first outing, Squish channels his comic-book hero, Super Amoeba, to confront a bully. The Holms' characteristic humor--offbeat and snarky--comes through in both the text and lime-green-tinged illustrations. And yes, setting real-kid issues in a microscopic world works remarkably well. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 April #1)

For a single-celled organism, Squish the amoeba leads an awfully complicated existence. His two best friends—Pod, a bowtie-wearing amoeba nerd, and Peggy, a pathologically cheerful paramecium—are a constant thorn in his side; he just can't seem to make it to school in time; and Lynwood the school bully wants to swallow him whole. When yet another bout of tardiness lands the whole group in detention, Squish is faced with a full-blown moral dilemma: in order to save Peggy from becoming Lynwood's next between-meal snack, he has to let the big bully copy his next science test. Can even our precocious protozoan hero get himself out of this one? The Holms strike a breezy, goofy tone right out of the gate, and Squish is a likably put-upon lead character, but beyond him the book doesn't offer much; his pals are annoying and the villain has as many dimensions as he has cells (that is, one). Add to that a disappointing two-color palette, and the whole undertaking seems flatter than a microscope slide. Squish may be an amorphous blob, but he needs to whip his supporting cast into shape for issue two. Ages 7–10. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 July)

Gr 2–4—The creators of "Babymouse" (Random) return with the more boy-centric Squish. He lives in a world that is a microscopic facsimile of our own. The only difference is that everyone is an amoeba, including his best friends, nerdy Pod and relentlessly chipper Peggy. Squish faces a dilemma when the school bully wants to copy off his science test. The menacing amoeba even threatens to eat Peggy if he doesn't get his way. Squish fantasizes about dealing with the problem like Super Amoeba, the hero of his favorite comic book, who always has the "courage to do what's right." While the conclusion is a bit abrupt, it will likely generate laughs and leave readers ready for the next installment. Characters are mostly types, with a clear focus on laughs and moving the plot along. The loose, inky cartoon illustrations are bathed in shades of lime green. Panel layouts are simple and clear, ensuring first-time graphic-novel readers a smooth ride. Likable and entertaining, Super Amoeba will be super popular.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI

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