Sunday, February 19, 2012

MMGM: Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian (and Winners!!!!)

Hello again, gang! I've got a review of another great book coming up, but first the winner of Breadcrumbs is

drumroll.................................................

Orchid!!!!

If that's you, shoot me an email with your mailing info to isaiah [at] bushelsofgrace {dot} com.

Now for another great Middle Grade book, I read

Fangbone! Third Grade Barbarian:


I wanted to read a graphic novel this time, and finding out that Michael Rex (author of Furious George Goes Bananas) had done one was just what the doctor ordered. Plus, he paid tribute to Conan the Barbarian, one of my favorite tales.

One of the reasons I wanted to review a graphic novel is because of my love for the medium, and Michael utilizes it very well. It's a single color graphic novel, which is a very clever, understated style. It's perfect for the story of Fangbone.

Fangbone is a young member of a barbarian clan that is in charge of protecting a disgusting severed toe, the final piece needed for the bad guys to resurrect the most powerful evil being in the universe. Fangbone takes the toe and travels through a portal to our world, where he gets integrated into a third grade class and becomes the school celebrity.

Besides the fact that the characters in this story are unique and relatable, Michael has woven a hilarious tale filled with inside jokes and deadpan one-liners. I would recommend this book to every 6-9 year old boy, as well as any other kid who loves comics, barbarians, or just really funny books.

1 comment:

Michael Rex said...

Hi. Thanks for the nice write-up of Fangbone! I really appreciate the comments about the art. This book was drawn in a much less involved style than my picture books, and I have worried that some will just see the art as lacking. I'm glad you got a kick out of the book!
---Mike Rex