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Summary: All their lives, brothers Exter and Grimwilch Blundernagging were told not to touch a magical chest. They didn't listen, and now they are flat. They have to go around the world to capture all the magic so they can go back to being round, not flat. This is a story told as a graphic novel.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Reading Level: 5.6
Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.
Young Reader Reaction: The book was okay for the most part. It seemed interesting at first, but I was just not that interested in it and it got old.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a clever book. There is a lot of text and images that could be overwhelming for reluctant readers, but the illustrations are detailed enough that you can "read" the story just by following the pictures.
Pros: This is a highly developed graphic novel that also can be used as a wordless book. The magical journey and word banter will appeal to teen readers, particularly boys.
Cons: There is a lot jammed on a page and the colors are dark.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book you need to see in person before you decide whether it is a fit for your audience.