Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book to Read After Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Thursday is when I profile a great graphic novel or nonfiction book.  The book I chose today isn't exactly a graphic novel, but it is close enough.  Let's call it an illustrated novel or a story with pictures.  As the lines keep blurring so too do my descriptions!

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Title:       Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic

Author:   Mark Tatulli

Target:    Grades 2-6

Series:     This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Desmond loves scary things, well I should say creating scary things.  He is a special effects prodigy, who started out innocently enough frightening his family.  But when he starts creating his masterpieces at school, trouble follows.  The head of discipline at his middle school decides it is time to get Desmond transferred, and Desmond has three chances to change his monster scaring ways.  Is a total transformation possible?

Why I love this book:
There are several laugh out loud moments in this book and it is a fun story about being true to yourself.  The illustrations are well done and add a lot.  I liked Desmond from the start and there is something to be said for following your passion.

Who this book is for: 
This is a great “next read” for kids who love Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Big Nate.  They will very much enjoy the story and the reading experience is similar.

Final thoughts:
Cute start to a new series.  Mark Tatulli is another cartoonist who had made the leap into kids lit with an interesting new character.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic  A portion of each purchase goes back to this blog at no cost to you.

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