This is a really fun prequel novel to the amazing Squirrel Girl comics by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, aimed at middle grade readers. This story stThis is a really fun prequel novel to the amazing Squirrel Girl comics by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, aimed at middle grade readers. This story stars a young Doreen Green as she starts ninth grade at a new school in a new town. Doreen has always been told by her parents to keep her squirrel tail covered up and her awesome leaping abilities on the down-low (so the other kids don't get jealous), but when a villain calling himself the Micro-Manager appears to threaten the town's squirrels, Doreen can't help but get involved. Luckily, she has two new friends to help her out, Tippy-Toe the street-wise squirrel, and sleuth and Thor fanatic Ana Sofia.
Because it's a prequel, no background in the comics is necessary to read and enjoy this book, but at least a little background in the Marvel universe would be preferred for you to get some of the jokes and understand some of the characters who appear, however briefly. (A few parts of the book are much funnier if you know who Black Widow, Iron Man, the Winter Soldier, Thor, and Rocket Raccoon are, for instance.) But if you've seen, say, an Avengers movie or two and Guardians of the Galaxy, I think you'll be pretty set.
That said, if you're already a fan of the Squirrel Girl comics, this will be a delight. Shannon and Dean Hale have managed to capture the spirit of Ryan North's Squirrel Girl to a phenomenal degree, right down to Doreen's footnotes to the third person narration, which mirror Ryan's bottom of the page commentary in the comics. Also a fun sort of in joke is getting to witness Squirrel Girl's first interactions with Iron Man and some of the other Marvel superheroes, which actually make some of the tweeting that goes on in the comics much funnier. It's a testament to the Hales' skills that they've managed to write a novel that is welcoming to SG newcomers but fresh enough for longtime fans AND manages to add depth to the already existing run of wonderful comics.
Recommended for superhero fans of all ages, but especially those ages 8-12.
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Hmm. I love Squirrel Girl, but this one missed the mark for me. The choose your own adventure and "Learn basic computer science concepts!" issues feltHmm. I love Squirrel Girl, but this one missed the mark for me. The choose your own adventure and "Learn basic computer science concepts!" issues felt like failed experiments, and while I was initially really excited about Squirrel Girl's adventures in online dating and her Nice Guy(TM) villain, the resolution to that arc was wholly unsatisfying and didn't continue with the wry social commentary that had been building. (view spoiler)[You don't defeat a Nice Guy(TM) by setting him up with someone else. Just...no. (hide spoiler)]...more
Neal Shusterman is such a celebrated author that I keep picking up his books, but I'm continually disappointed. About halfway through Scythe, I finallNeal Shusterman is such a celebrated author that I keep picking up his books, but I'm continually disappointed. About halfway through Scythe, I finally put my finger on why his books don't sit right with me. Rather than having an idea or premise that he uses in order to tell a story about some characters, he uses his characters to communicate his thoughts on whatever idea he is exploring in the story. So, instead of being a book about two teenagers who find themselves having to wrestle with impossible moral choices, this is a book about impossible moral choices, illustrated using the examples of these two teenagers. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but since I'm someone who reads because I care about a book's characters and not because I'm interested in the author's thought experiments, Shusterman just isn't my cup of tea.
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I'm not really sure what to do with this one because even after reading it, it seems like the kind of book I would really love. But I just...3.5 stars
I'm not really sure what to do with this one because even after reading it, it seems like the kind of book I would really love. But I just...didn't. There's nothing really wrong with it, and I enjoyed it enough not to begrudge the experience of finishing it, but overall it left me pretty unmoved. For some reason.
If the description appeals to you, definitely check it out, because I feel like a lot of people will really love this one. It reminds me a bit of the Lunar Chronicles, so if that's your jam, this might be too. And like I said, there's nothing wrong with it. It's a perfectly serviceable YA sci-fi (in spaaaaaace!). But I just:
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This book has the feel of myth or folklore, full of nonsense that makes perfect sense and real things that make no sense at all, mysteries solved<3
This book has the feel of myth or folklore, full of nonsense that makes perfect sense and real things that make no sense at all, mysteries solved and unsolved, and characters who are sometimes archetypes and sometimes just themselves, awkward and human.
I think the idea of whispering corn that speaks to those who listen is going to stay with me for a long time....more
2.5 stars. Pretty stereotypical Euro-fantasy: a world that felt sloppily built, a kingdom that didn't really seem to have a government or military tha2.5 stars. Pretty stereotypical Euro-fantasy: a world that felt sloppily built, a kingdom that didn't really seem to have a government or military that made sense in a functional way, and what I found to be a pretty boring and obvious plot. Bonus star for two princesses kissing (view spoiler)[and riding off into the sunset together (hide spoiler)].
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