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Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! (Mal and Chad, #1)

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Mal is a super kid genius and Chad is a talking dog, but no one knows it. What's it like to be so extraordinary and yet so invisible? Not even Megan, Mal's secret crush, has any idea that Mal is anything more than a dork. Fortunately, Mal and Chad are best friends with a penchant for adventure . . . even if the time-traveling does get them grounded by Mal's mom.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Philomel Books
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Don Woodman
This is a cartoon book about the trials and tribualtions experienced by a boy and his dog. Think Charlie Brown meets Calvin and Hobbes with some Dexter's laboratory thrown in for good measure. It is cute and fun, took about 20 minutes to read. The art is good (to my untrained eye). I'm not hip enough to read "Manga". In my early forties I may be a tad older than the target audience for this book, so I will give it to my sons and get their "read" on it. From my perspective it was competent but de ...more
Cameron B
I just finished the graphic novel Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever it had some action and alot of drama. Chad is a talking dog and Mal is a math genious kid that invents stuff. This book is full of description, in one part it described about what Mal and Chad's life was about and what they liked to do. Mal and Chad liked to make all types of inventions. One part Mal and Chad made a rocket ship to go up to outer space. But they did not have a cone for the top. They liked to go into th ...more
Marissa
Having a boy genius for a main character is a popular topic in children's and YA books and media. Mal and Chad is hilarious addition to the canon of this sci-fi subgenre. It reminded me a lot of Johnny Quest, except instead of Johnny's twin genius sister's, the main character is the genius--there's also a talking dog. This graphic novel is one that will have readers laughing out loud. There's also plenty of action and acventure. This series will be especially good to recommend for middle grade b ...more
Ashley
well i think this book is very interesting and fun. the book is all about a boy named Mal (genius but doesnt show it in school) and a dog named Chad (talking dog that likes to have adventures with Mal. there is also a girl named Megan ( Mal's crush) and a boy named Zachary (thinks he really smart).They go on an adventure to help Mal do his homework which is to find out what he wants to be when he grows up and then Mal and Chad built a time-machine to go to the year of the dinosaurs. Then the get ...more
Dettric J
SUMMARY-This book is about a boy named mal and a dog named chad. In this book mal and chad made a machine and they go back to the dinasor age. but before that had to do some chores. So mal and chad made a vacum that could suck them up in it and turn them really small.so after it turned them small, they got out and started playing in the sink. Then later that day mad and chal made a time machine and went back to the dinasor age and ran into a big dinasor. Then that dinasor chased them all the way ...more
Tracy
I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. You can't help but love the dynamic of Mal and Chad. Mal is a super genius, but he pretends to be dumb in order to live a regular life being a kid. Chad is his best friend. They get into trouble together but they also help each other whenever needed. Mal is trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, and so he uses his inventions to help him decide if that is something he is interested in. Mal goes deep sea diving in the kitchen sink after sh ...more
Deb Tyo
Meet Mal. He's the cutest boy genius ever!

Meet Chad. He's the funniest doggy companion ever!

Meet Stephen McCranie. He's the bestest graphic novelist ever!

Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever is a graphic novel that needs to be added to your TBR pile if you have not yet read it.

Mal, cutest boy genius ever, needs to write an essay about what he wants to be when he grows up, and he has two days to complete it.

Chad, funniest doggy companion ever, tries to suggest ideas to Mal.

First, Chad s
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Tim Vandenberg
Brilliant! For a 3rd-grade level graphic novel, this will be very hard to beat!

Visually effective, action-packed, and well-paced black & white sequential art highlight the artistic skill of Stephen McCranie as he weaves together a multifaceted episodic plot-line that all comes gloriously together in the touching & profound conclusion (at least, it's profound for a 3rd grade-level book) of this beginning Mal & Chad adventure.

Several Laugh Out Loud jokes & plot-twists, combined wit
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Andy Shuping
Cross posted from LibraryThing

Imagine "Dexter's Laboratory," "Jimmy Neutron," and a dash of "Calvin & Hobbes" and you've got a pretty good idea of what "Mal and Chad" is like. And please don't take that as me saying that Stephen has co-opted these other guys for his own, no no...Mal and Chad is unique in it's own way. Mal and Chad started off as a webcomic and sadly Stephen is no longer continuing it. The good news though? You can still read the archives and he's working on the next book in
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Chris
We all dream of power that we don’t have, power to affect our circumstances and interactions, particularly the least powerful of us all: the young, whose every circumstance tends to be dictated to them by adults. Sometimes these fantasies are of being a physically imposing fighter, having a laser gun, wielding magic, or any number of other things. Through Mal, we dream of power as a young genius who can invent anything. Unfortunately, Mal knows his intellect and inventions are so incredible that ...more
Annette
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie is a graphic novel for children following the lives of a boy genius and his talking dog. On the surface, the child is like any other student with problems at school, his first crush on a girl, and chores at home. However he's also building a time machine and rocket ship so his life is anything but normal. This fast-paced book is perfect for reluctant readers.[return][return]Elementary-aged children will be drawn in by the simple line drawings and goofy situations ...more
Eryn
A very fun and interesting graphic. I was intrigued by the fact that The boy genius doesn't want anyone to know of his immense brain power because he'd rather not deal with the adult world of responsibilities and boredom just yet. That's a refreshing idea to give kids - have fun and don't be so quick to grow up. I have a group of struggling middle school readers who will love to read these adventures with out feeling like they are being subjected to "baby books".
Katy
Funny! The illustrations are only black and white, so McCranie depends on lines and expression to make a visual impact. This graphic novel is very readable with clear sequencing and a large font. McCranie balances a lot of themes (humor, adventure, science fiction, school situations) and they all have a solid place in the storyline. It might be predictable but that's okay because Mal and Chad are lovable characters.
Patrice Sartor
Mal is a young boy who happens to be a genius. He's so smart he's invented a way to enable his dog, Chad, to communicate with him. These two go on adventures involving dinosaurs, pretty girls, geeky pseudo-bullies and a mother that is intolerant of Mal's extreme escapades.

While I prefer color graphic novels, the artwork for Mal and Chad is nicely done, and fully appropriate for the story. It won't take kids too long to figure out Mal and Chad's story, and then they are free to fully enjoy everyt
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Aaron Jackson
This series is amazing! My five year old and I have had a really great time reading them. The writing is sharp, humorous and totally appropriate for a younger set. Highly recommended reading for young fans of comics....like Calvin and Hobbes without all the jokes that go over younger kids heads.
Jeremy Manuel
This book is pure fun. I had found the Mal and Chad comic when it was in its webcomic form a couple years ago. I enjoyed the funny and whimsical adventures of the boy genius Mal and his dog, Chad, who Mal taught to be able to talk human language. No doubt anyone who reads it will get a bit of a parallel to Calvin and Hobbes, but there is more than enough different to make this worth a reading.

It may be too kiddy for some, too short for others, but it is a fun little book that has some thoughtfu
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Spencer
Fantastic graphic novel! The humor is great, the story is fun, the characters are so loveable, and the art style is so awesome! One of the best parts is the dynamic between Mal and Chad. I can't wait to read more in the series! Highly recommend.
Laura
Loved it! Mal is a great inventor and his dog, Chad, is a most excellent sidekick. In this first installment, they shrink themselves to explore the kitchen sink, travel back in time to learn about dinosaurs, and learn about making friends.

Lfrashur
BES 14-15, Grafix Novels, Grds 4-6. Black and white, cute story about a super smart kid who wants to fit in so appears dumb to everyone including his mother. All the while at his home he is inventing time machines and jet backpacks.
Jen
Read for Battle of the Books 2015 ( I am a coach) - I am not a fan of graphic novels. It was a quick read, straight forward, and you skip pages and still understand the book. I will not read any more of this series.
NaomiRuth
I loved this <3

Reminded me in some ways of a reversed Mr. Peabody with just a touch of Calvin and Hobbes and a little reminiscent of the Magic School Bus. I'm excited to read more in this series.
Rebecca
This was cute with a mix of Dexter's Lab, Calvin & Hobbes, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman in a charming blend. I found the middle a little flat, but the ending was pulled together well.
Illeyana
I absolutely loved it! From start to finish, I was laughing and so wrapped up in the story. This is definitely a fun read and great for all ages!
B
The adventures of child genius Mal and his talking dog,Chad are inventive and fun. I bet the author is a Calvin and Hobbes fan..
Nick
Sort of like Calvin and Hobbes, but with longer story lines. I really liked the idea that Mal is trying desperately not to admit how smart he is, in order to have a relatively normal life. This story is oddly philosophical, with the question of trying to get a fairly young kid to figure out what job he wants to have when he grows up. Mal's answer is a really great one: "Being the person you want to be is more important than getting the job you want to get."
How can you have a better life than by
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Allison
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Mrs. Porter
Time-traveling duo Mal and Chad encounter dinosaurs, battle bullies and try to get the girl. Fun read.
John-paul
What a fantastic book! Author Stephen McCranie brilliantly captures the highs and lows of being a 4th grade boy genius. Mal and his beloved talking dog Chad have some excellent adventures together. These adventures range from time-travel, baby dinosaur befriending, sink scuba diving, and more!

As a fourth grade teacher I heard about this book from another teacher, and then knew I HAD to read it after one of my reluctant readers enthusiastically recommended it to me! I'm hooked, off to go buy the
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Carrie
3.5 *'s

Time machine! Rocket ship!

I kept expecting the statue of Einstein to talk...
Kary
This was a really cute graphic novel! I enjoyed it! And I think my son will too...
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