Super Amoeba (Squish, #1)
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Super Amoeba (Squish #1)

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Introducing SQUISH—a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day). Inspired by his favorite comic book hero, SUPER AMOEBA!, Squish has to navigate school (bullies! detention! Principal Planaria!), family (dad: Hates to wear a tie. Secretly li...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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I picked this new graphic novel up at the bookstore because I knew immediately--in capital letters KNEW--that the kids at my school would love to get their grubby little hands on it. They adore Babymouse (yes, even the boys) and they will LOVE this new series.

Squish is an amoeba. His best friend Pod is an amoeba. Their friend Peggy is a planaria. So this is what we're working with here. Microbiological humor. Squish is your basic Charlie Brown of amoebae--a lovable guy who often finds himself in...more
Squish is an amoeba who does well at school, when he manages to get his head out of his Super Amoeba comic book. Pod, his best friend, is another amoeba who wants to solve global warming, once he gets rid od the tuna sandwich that nobody wants. Peggy is a sweet and clueless paramecium, who wants nothing more than to show her friends her cute pet slime mold. Lynwood is the school bully, who just wants to eat Peggy. Thinking about what Super Amoeba would do, and conversations with his dad, are how...more
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Primary book #2 Squish Super Amoeba

1. This graphic novel enhances my collection by showing students ways to stand up for themselves and for others when something is not right. The story is about an Amoeba named “Squish” and his two friends at school, one of who is being bullied. Squish is an avid reader of a comic book about an amoeba superhero, whom he looks up to and wants to be like. When he notices that his friend is being bullied, he tries to stand up for her, but just freezes up since the...more
Lady Knight
This will certainly appeal to any fans of the Babymouse books, and any kids who would have love to have read Babymouse, if only her books weren't pink! Love the idea of our green sporting hero, but given the target age and the (typial) reading ability of the kids who are going to be drawn to this one, I do think that too much of the vocabulary is pretty difficult. "Amoeba" is in the title, but that one I don't think is too hard; "Microscopic" is mentioned early on, but again that one isn't too h...more
Jordan Brovelli
"Squish: Super Amoeba" is uniquely written and illustrated by, Jennifer L. Holm (Author, Illustrator), and Matt Holm (Author, Illustrator). Squish is a brand new graphic series about this squish named Amoeba. Amoeba is just trying to find his place in this big world or just at least make it through one school day one at a time. In this book of the series, amoeba becomes super amoeba! He tries to eliminate all the bad things that happen in his school. For example, like the bullies, detention and...more
From the ever clever duo that brought you Babymouse comes a whole new graphic novel hero: an amoeba. Squish is just your normal guy, trying to make it through a school day without being eaten by the resident bully. When one of his best friends is threatened in the process, however, Squish has to figure out if he's brave enough to stand up for what's right. Love the art and the storytelling, though I did find myself wishing that the sole female character wasn't an utter dingbat. If Babymouse can...more
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Okay. Some science details that will be a little advanced for the age group. I didn't really like the way they dealt with the bully though. Squish acted like he was going to stand up to the bully and then he didn't and the only way it was resolved was that a pet ate the bully.
One Sentence Review: Alas, it doesn't quite have the oomph of the Holms' Babymouse series (and does anyone else think it odd that the girls in this book are all dingbats?).
A great new series from the creators of Babymouse--this time starring an amoeba and his single-celled friends. Full of science facts.
strange. that. all. the. living. things. are. germs.
I think I need to go wash my pseudopods.

I love Babymouse; she's a strong middle school character with an issue about her looks and an imagination steeped in reading. She confronts the usual sorts of middle school situations and muddles through. The Holms sibling have done well, and the books are a success. So now they're taking their same format, and giving us another middle school series only with single-celled characters rather than sundry animals. Squish has the potential to be every bit as popular in the format. Like Babymouse, he...more
Mrs. Knott
I am really enjoying the graphic novel genre more than I thought I would.
Another fun series that kids, especially boys, will really enjoy. The Squish series has been out for awhile but since I'm new to this genre, it's new to me!
Lots of sarcasm in this book that I caught, but may go over some younger readers heads. The science part made me have to focus a bit more since I REALLY don't remember the whole amoeba-paramecium part of science :)
I know some 4th graders I'll be passing this along to!
Squish is a graphic novel and science lesson all in one! It tells the story of all the hardships an Amoeba has during his school day. Squish incorporates characters into science structures such as molds and Protozoans. Squish would be a great book to brows through during a science lesson that relates to the characters. The detailed pictures make this book interesting to read and would make learning about science all the more fun!

Text to text: Squish reminded me of the movie Flubber. Flubber was...more
Mary Ann
Squish is your regular kid who loves to read comic books, eat twinkies and hang with his friends. Well, a regular kid, except that he's an amoeba. A what? Yes, he's an amoeba, a single celled organism who hangs out in your local pond. His best friend are Pod, who's always trying to trade his lunch with Squish, and Peggy, who's always perky and happy. At school, they navigate the cafeteria, gobble up tacos, avoid the bullies, and suffer through detention. I had particular fun with Peggy the param...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
From the creators of Babymouse, Squish is an easy-to-read graphic novel about a hapless young amoeba, Squish. Just like Babymouse, the illustrations are clear and simple, featuring heavy black lines with a pop of accent color. Where Babymouse is pink, pink, pink, the illustrations in Squish feature touches of green. The story is obviously created for lots of boy appeal, but I know girls will like this series, too.

Squish is kind of the Jerry Seinfeld of middle-grade graphic novels. Nothing really...more
Squish: Super Amoeba (Squish #1) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm is the first in a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school Amoeba trying to find his place in the world. Squish works to deal with school, a bully, his family, and two quirky friends.

The main characters are Squish, an amoeba who daydreams about being a superhero and having courage; Pod, an amoeba who claims to be on the verge of stopping global warming; Lynwood, a hungry, vile amoeba tha...more
This new graphic novel series from the creator of Babymouse is both hilarious and educational. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did, it being for such a young audience and about amoebas. But it was wonderful. I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This would be a great book for kids who are struggling in science or with learning in general. It's a lot of fun. Can't wait for more Squish.


Squish is an amoeba, just trying to get through each day of school. With the trademark...more
Sarah W
Squish, an amoeba who'd rather read comics about the Adventures of Super Amoeba than pay attention in class, ends up in a huge predicament all because his friend Pod makes him late for school. As a consequence for the third late day in a week, Principal Planaria sentences Squish and his two best friends to detention. That afternoon, Squish is forced into a deal with the hungry, vile Lynwood to prevent the larger amoeba from consuming perky Peggy the paramecium. Lynwood has to be able to copy off...more
Holm, J.L. & Holm, M. (2011). Squish: Super Amoeba. New York: Random House.

94 pages.

Appetizer: Squish is a young amoeba who loves comic books and twinkies. His best friend, Pod, is planning to fix global warming, but only after Squish agrees to trade lunches with him. Their friend Peggy is a paramecium who is happy all of the time.

When Lynwood, a particularly big and mean amoeba, targets consuming Peggy amoeba style (as opposed to eating with a mouth, human style) Squish tries to stand up to...more
Cartoons left a void in my life when Bill Waterson retired Calvin and Hobbes. Nothing quite worked for me after that.

Then I found Amelia Rules, really, Amelia Rules found me, because the author, Jimmy Gownley, visited our school a few years ago. In the weeks leading up to his visit, I read every single Amelia book he'd written. It turned out that Calvin was gone, but I'm pretty sure that Amelia is his daughter.

Recently, I found Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm. I'm fairly certain tha...more
Kathy Martin
This was a cute graphic novel that will appeal to young male readers by the creators of the Babymouse series. Squish is an amoeba but unlike most amoebas Squish likes Twinkies and comic books about his favorite super hero Super Amoeba. Squish has friends at school too. His best friend is Pod who is a scientific genius who is working on the problem of global warming. He is also very concerned with washing his pseudopods and tricking Squish out of his lunch money. His other friend is Peggy who is...more
Maribeth Tomas
Junior Books Project

Category: Graphic Novel

Source: Dr. Kimmel

This hard cover graphic novel is a small-sized book which would be easy for small hands to hold. The front cover has a picture of Squish and his two friends Pod and Peggy. In the back is a black scary figure--Lynnwood, a bully at their school. The back has a panel with Squish and Lynnwood. Lynnwood looks as if he's taunting Squish and Squish seemed scared with sweat coming down his face. The caption reads: Squish! Saving the world...on...more
Abby Johnson
Babymouse for boys!!!

Squish is an amoeba, living in his pond and dealing with the things that amoebas deal with. Like best friends that mooch your lunch money every day and figuring out how to stand up to bullies who might actually EAT YOU. As Squish imagines himself as the hero of his favorite comic books, he'll figure out how to stand up and be a hero himself!

With its green hues (no pink!) and kind of gross amoeba characters, this new series by Babymouse authors Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Ho...more
May 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the first book in the Squish series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Our youngest ripped through the Babymouse series in no time and while we're waiting for the next book in that series, she decided she wanted to try out this one.

I may just be a boring old middle-aged lady, but I think that the story in this book isn't nearly as compelling or charming as the Babymouse stories. In fact, the characters are pretty irritating and flat. But our youngest really liked them, and she's eager...more
Curtis Hudson
Squish is the first graphic novel I've ever read and must say that I really enjoyed it. You zoom in to a pond, then zoom in even more to find a twinkie-loving amoeba named Squish. He's like any other kid in this world, except that he's an amoeba living in a pond. He reads comic books, goes to school, and faces bullies with his friends. This volume is all about how Squish deals with a bully at school named Lynwood. Can he summon the courage of his favorite comic book character Super Amoeba and st...more
Super Amoeba is the first book in the new Squish graphic novel series by the Holm sister and brother team. If you recognize their name from Babymouse be warned there is not a drop of pink ink in this book. It has definite boy appeal. Don't walk away girls! You may like this series too. Squish is a school aged amoeba who has to deal with a bully who is way bigger. He loves reading super hero comic books, tacos and twinkies. His best friend, Pod, is working on solving global warming, sort of. Some...more
From the creators of Babymouse comes a graphic novel that makes science fun! Squish is an amoeba and he LOVES comic books and has the same kinds of problems that most kids have: paying attention in class, bullies etc. When Squish's best friend, Peggy the paramecium, is in danger of becoming the class bully's next snack Squish tries to summon the courage of his favorite superhero, Super Amoeba, to save the day.

What a neat idea for a book. There's a lot of science in this little book, but it adds...more
Super Amoeba (Squish, #1) is a graphic novel by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. It is the first graphic novel in a series of four. It tells about the main character, Squish, who is an amoeba trying to do the right thing at school. Overall, I liked this book. It actually made me laugh a few times, which surprised me because it is intended for kids. The three main characters (Squish, Pod, and Peggy) all have very different personalities and make for an entertaining group of friends. I liked tha...more
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