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Comics Squad: Recess! (Comics Squad #1)

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A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina Telgemeier * Dave Roman * Ursula Vernon * Eric Wight * Gene Yang *
Wowza! Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your n
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Feb 11, 2016 Raina rated it liked it
Super cute collection of short bits by the monsters in the kids GN world. Especially notable for the myriad Raina Telgemeier and Babymouse completists. Telgemeier's selection is about a D&D game, so that's cool. And this is the first time I've actually read a Babymouse story myself (I know, I know). It's great as a sampler, especially if you're trying to broaden your JGN knowledge very quickly.

Honestly, the standout for me was from Dan Santat, particularly because people just announced th
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 22, 2014 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Fun anthology of short stories by popular children's graphic novelists. I've read all these authors before and found it a delight to read these stories. Some are one-off shorts while others are further adventures of favourite characters such as Baby Mouse and Lunchroom Lady. The stories are all held together by the common theme of recess; with recess featuring prominently in some and and simply in passing in others. I enjoyed each story, each being a perfect example of the author/illustrator's w ...more
Funny, of course, but also filled with some interesting and subtle messages about growing up and just being a kid. This is jam-packed with heavy-hitting graphic novel writers for kids. Raina Telegemeier (Smile and Drama), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Jennifer Holme (Babymouse) and more! There's some cool interlude-style comedy between the comics from Lunch Lady and Babymouse that readers will enjoy, and there are some short author and illustrator bios in the back for kids to mull over. I loo ...more
Kylie K
Sep 16, 2015 Kylie K rated it it was amazing
The book Comics Squad: Recess is about all of these diffrent comics that are put together in one book. One of the comics is about a club that calls themselfs the Super Secret Ninga Club and, a little boy who wants to join. Over winter break he trains hard but, when it's back to school the Super Secret Ninga Club doesn't play ningas anymore they all play kickball.
There are so many more comics in that book. I reccomend this book for anyone who like a little laugh and some cool comics.
Nov 14, 2016 John rated it really liked it
I liked this book, It has a bunch of short comics great for just trying some comics out. I also liked it because I got to read some comics I had never read before. I would recommend this to someone else as a book to pass the time.
Ann Williams
A collection of short stories from several of our favorite authors and all of them are about recess! Students will love this book and Mrs. Richards will have to buy several copies for us.
Jescenia Ramirez
Mar 01, 2017 Jescenia Ramirez rated it really liked it
A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina Telgemeier * Dave Roman * Ursula Vernon * Eric Wight * Gene Yang *

Wowza! Calling all kids! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your n ...more
Preety Cool book!
A delightful compilation of short comic stories by some of the biggest names in children's graphic novels today, Recess is a must have for kids who enjoy the genre. When I heard about this book and the people involved with it, it seemed like such a natural idea. I mean recess is a topic that all kids love and these authors/illustrators do such a great job with their works. I was eager to see the end result. I was not disappointed in the least. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories and children ...more
Leigh Chickering
Feb 16, 2017 Leigh Chickering rated it it was ok
Shelves: rdng-350
Comics Squad is a compilation of several comic stories written by a series of authors. The stories range from a secret ninja club to food playing games on the play ground. There is really no relationship to the stories except some of them have the kids (or food) playing out at recess.

I really didn't like this book. The pictures were all in orange and gray which was unappealing to me, maybe not to a young boy, but I didn't like it. I also didn't like some of the stories' messages. I thought some
Jul 30, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is a cool compendium of graphic-novel short-story awesomeness, that even the most reluctant of readers will enjoy.

The Super-Secret Ninja Club- Daryl leans the way of the ninja and earns some serious comeuppance with his classmates.

Book ‘Em Dog Man!- Another “creative” graphic novella that kids will love from the amazing Dav Pilkey.

Betty and the Perilous Pizza Day- It’s a pizza nightmare! Betty must work pizza day alone in the school cafeteria. Maybe the untested Pizzatron 2000 can save the
Collin Powell
This is a fiction graphic novel with contributions by eight different authors. Each author’s contribution forms an independent story. My favorite story was probably ‘Betty and the Perilous Pizza Day’ by Jarret J Krosozzka. I liked it because it kind of followed up on the story I read earlier about the Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty. One day, Betty had to handle the school lunch by herself because the Lunch Lady was sick. She tried a new machine that was supposed to make speedy pizza but, aft ...more
Corey Lynch
Oct 27, 2014 Corey Lynch rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book was a graphic novel with a collection of stories focused around a school environment. I read "The Super Secret Ninja Club" which was about a group of boys who meet secretly at recess as ninjas. When another boy wants to join he is denied access until he has developed "super awesome" ninja skills. The new boy, Daryl, works very hard over Christmas break to master his ninja skills only to discover when school is back in session that the other boys have moved on to a new hobby. After disp ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Join your favorite children’s graphic novel authors as they romp together in a celebration of recess! This graphic novel has been contributed to by authors like Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Dan Santat, Gene Luen Yang, and Raina Telgemeier. Favorite characters like Lunch Lady and Babymouse make an appearance in their own stories as well as appearing throughout the book with a little commentary. In other stories, new characters make their first appearance which will delight young ...more
Kelsey McLane
The very first story in this collection was misleading in the fact that it was so much better than the other short stories in the collection.

These short graphic stories are all school/recess related, and some of them are fall on the floor laughing type of funny, but there are a few that leave a lot to be desired. Surprisingly, the Lunch Lady story seemed a little strained, and while the ending was amusing, the flow of the story was too choppy to really keep me engaged.

The vegetable story was mi
Ms. Yingling
Aug 17, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Ten different stories offer a good overview of the most popular graphic novel artists for middle grade today. Some use favorite characters (Babymouse, Lunch Ladies), while others have completely new and somewhat genre jumping choices (Eric Wright's talking cupcakes are quite a departure from My Dead Girlfriend, and Gene Luen Yang's strip shows that he has a knack for middle grade that should be explored). The theme of recess makes this a book that will always be in demand, so I was glad to see t ...more
Feb 08, 2017 Chase rated it liked it
it was good.
My six year old loved this and made me pick it up and read his favorite, Dav Pilkey's contribution Book ‘Em Dog Man! (intentionally riddled with spelling errors, much to my disquietude). I ended up leafing through the whole thing, and while I did not connect with all of the artists, I was quite impressed by the sections written by Dan Santat and Gene Luen Yang in particular and I will definitely be on the watch for their books. I also enjoyed Eric Wight and his Jiminy Sprinkles in “Freeze Tag", ...more
Katie Lawrence
Aug 16, 2014 Katie Lawrence rated it really liked it
What a fun compilation of comics by some of the biggest names in children's graphic novels! Every story is about recess, which is a nice connection. My students would love everything about this, from the more realistic "300 Words" (Dan Santat) and "The Rainy Day Monitor" (Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman) to the always hilarious Jarrett Krosoczka's "Betty and the Perilous Pizza Day" (the Lunch Lady books are some of my all-time favorites). I think "300 Words" was my favorite comic, I loved the ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Comics Squad is the first book in a series of short story graphic novels, or mini-comics. Each of the mini-comics follows the theme of recess in some way. Most of the big names in children's comics are represented in this book. Babymouse's Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm and Lunch Lady's Jarrett Krosoczka are the editors, so their characters act as the narrators throughout the book. All of the minicomics are good, but my favorite was by the one artist I hadn't heard of before: Eric Wight. His n ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing
When the word went out over the virtual wire about collaboration between ten outstanding authors/illustrators, you could almost hear the humming buzz growing into a roar of anticipation. Comics Squad: Recess! (Random House) combines the talents of Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, Dan Santat, Dav Pilkey, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight and Gene Luen Yang. These short stories take readers into the wonderful realm of one of the best breaks during any giv ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic addition to juvenile comics collections! It contains many popular characters, such as Babymouse and Lunch Lady. It also will introduce junior comics fans to new writers and artists.

It also was nice to see a writer like Gene Luen Yang, who normally writes for teens, stretching himself by creating a comic for younger audiences.

The concept is that top comics artists and writers (The Comics Squad) create stories around a theme. In this volume, the theme is recess. While yo
Feb 19, 2016 Amy added it
Shelves: j-comics, 2016
10 different stories by popular comics artists that all incorporate the idea of recess in some way. My favorites were the stories by Dan Santat (heavily incorporates The Giving Tree) and Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman (a rain-delayed game of kickball is played indoors D&D-style with a 12-sided die). The weak point was the story by Eric Wight, where rival foods settle their differences on the playground - kinda pedestrian and preachy in its anti-bullying message. Overall, a super-fun read ...more
The Styling Librarian
Comics Squad Recess! By Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Dan Santat, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, and Gene Luen Yang – 3rd grade and up – All I can say is: I CAN’T WAIT til the next book is released! I just loved the focus on school throughout the book in addition to seeing some graphic novel favorites break out of their regular characters and create new ones. This book is packed with fantastic, hilarious stories. I hope many ...more
Dornel Cerro
This lively and humorous collection of eight novellas that is Comics Squad: Recess! features comic strip style stories by well-known author and/or illustrators such as Gene Luen Yang, Dav Pilkey, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Raina Telgemeier. Popular characters like Babymouse and Lunch Lady make their appearance and new characters are introduced. All the stories are tied together by one theme: recess, one of the high points of the school day (second only to dismissal time!).

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Becky B
A short story graphic novel collection that revolves around recess.

Some graphic novel short story collections can be all over the place, but this one has a solid common target group and theme. There should be a story in here for just about every lower and middle grade student. I expect this to be in high demand and also build demand for other graphic novels by the contributing authors.

Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. There's a battle with a pizza monster and some ninja t
Jul 18, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
What do lunch ladies do during Recess? How can you finish your dodgeball game when you're stuck inside? I'm with Baby Mouse - when I reached the end of Comics Squad: Recess! all I wanted was MORE!

This collection from some of the heavy hitters of the kids' comic world is a satisfying exploration of recess that respects the rich experiences that come from that all-so-important part of the school day.
Dec 16, 2014 Veronica rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
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Katy Pitrucha
Jan 16, 2015 Katy Pitrucha rated it really liked it
This is a graphic novel comprised of a variety of artist, all writing an entry surrounding the concept of recess.

It was cool to see the different ideas and styles from the different artists. This was an example of how different stories can be even when they follow the same concept. i also think that children can relate the the stories in the book.

I would use this book to encourage children to make their own graphic novel compilation.
A collection of comics from the top authors/illustrators writing for children. This is a great read for fans of the Babymouse, Lunch Lady and Captain Underpants series as they will delight in the further adventures of favorite characters. Some drawing tutorials are included and bios about the authors/illustrators featured helps guide readers in their further reading and place the work of those authors/illustrators they recognize.

Recommended for grades 3-5.
Sarah W
Jul 07, 2014 Sarah W rated it it was amazing
Loved Betty from Lunch Lady getting her comic while Lunch Lady was out sick. Poor Babymouse face a tough quest to get recess back. The librarian in me was especially amused by Dan Santat's commentary on The Giving Tree. All in all, this collection made me smile. #nerdybookclub members will want to take a peek at the dedication on this one.
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Jennifer L. Holm is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA, PENNY FROM HEAVEN, and TURTLE IN PARADISE.

Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on two graphic novel series -- the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the bestselling Squish series. She is also the author of several other highly pra
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