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Bookcation 2016 #5: The G-Man Super Journals: Awesome Origins and Heroes Rising

16 Mar

Okay, so this one is way far off into the future … so far off that most of you won’t even be in my classes anymore by the time this title pubs. But it’s part of Bookcation because I’m excited to read it. And I know how much you all enjoyed the first installation, The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins, so I want to remind you to read that one first to prepare yourself for Heroes Rising.


G-Man Super Journal - Awesome Origins


Awesome Origins: Michael G has to keep a journal for school, so what better topic to write about than his ambition of having superpowers and joining the Avengers (no, I’m kidding … I meant, well, the superheroes in his city). And so a wonderful tale of hopes and dreams, triumphs and setbacks, and general LOL thoughts about life and learning to fly is born. Most of you have already read this. For those who haven’t, what are you waiting for? Check this title out now, and let me know how you liked it.


G-Man Super Journal - Heroes Rising


Heroes Rising: This follow-up promises to have even bigger and better adventures (and musings) than the first. Mikey and his friends encounter monsters from myths, prophecies from ancient times, and a wise wizard … all while trying not to die from exhaustion thanks to superhero training. Do you need more information than that? Sadly, it is a very long wait until Book 2’s birthday, but I have no doubt it’ll be worth it. And if I do get an ARC of this, well, mwahahaha … guess I’ll just have to leave tantalizing tidbits for you until October.

Oh, and if you just can’t get enough of G-Man, check out this really cool collection of webcomics from the man, himself, Chris Giarrusso. He posts a brand-new G-Man comic strip every Tuesday, which are just the bee’s knees.


Bookcation 2016 #3: Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors

15 Mar

As we are all fans of Desmond Pucket, I wanted to make sure you knew that we now have the third book in the series in our library. Following the laugh-out-loud Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic and the hilarious Desmond Pucket and the Mountain Full of Monsters is the recently pubbed (just last month, in fact) Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors.


Desmond Pucket and the Cloverfield Junior High Carnival of Horrors


This time around, Desmond and company use some of the scary props from the second book to put on a wild event. Knowing Desmond, I’m sure you can guess how the whole thing goes … especially since he’s competing to put on the greatest (scariest?) ride ever! Find out what happens to Desmond, Mr. Needles, Keith Schminsky, and the rest of the gang in this installment.


Desmond Pucket and the Carnival of Horrors - First Day


If all our copies have been checked out and you just can’t wait to dig into Desmond’s world again, check out this page full of awesome activities to tide you over. And don’t forget to let me know how you liked this third adventure.

Student Review: Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic

21 Sep

Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic 

Have you ever heard of Desmond Pucket?  If not, well let me tell you about him.  He is a monster maker.  He is very good at scaring people with his creations, which include paint-filled balloons, confetti cannons, and more.  In the beginning of the story, readers are told that he is really good at special monster effects and pranks that scare other people.  Then, a school disciplinary officer named Mr. Needles stops Desmond from going on the Mountain Full of Monsters ride at Crabshell Pier.  So Desmond has to be Mr. Perfect until school ends, or else he could get expelled!  This is no easy task.


Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic - Excerpt 

Some things about this book that readers might like are the illustrations because there are lots, and they’re all really cool.  Also, the book is easy to read and the text is big.  Lastly, it is a short book, so it doesn’t take too long to finish, which is good because the story is very interesting, and you just want to find out more!  Something I wish the author, Mark Tatulli, had done is make the book a little longer, but I am glad there are more books in the series.  I think people who believe in monsters and those who like pranks will enjoy this book.

Alex P., grade 6



1. It’s hard to find books sometimes that can appeal to a wide range of readers, but this is one of them.  It’s a great book for students in elementary school, young and old alike.

2. Tatulli’s voice is engaging and very funny – definitely a plus when it comes to MG books.

3. The drawings are fantastic.  They look hand drawn (and I suppose they are), and that adds to their appeal.  I’ve found students trying to make their own versions of some of the doodles, which is a great sign that they’ve taken a liking not just to the illustrations, but to the story itself.

4. Both my boys and girls liked this book, but I’ve found that my boys tended to laugh out loud much harder and louder.  Make of that what you will.

5. One of the things I missed out on by growing up in the previous century is the extension of the reading experience through activities, events, and (especially) websites.  There’s an entire site dedicated to Desmond Pucket that is chock full of information and handouts that my kids have enjoyed exploring.  Take a look at the trailer below, too.




4 Squinkles 

Mark Tatulli’s Online Corners
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Thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing, for sending me a copy of Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic in exchange for an honest review.

All Squinklethoughts expressed herein are entirely my own.

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