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The Power of the Parasite

(Squish #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,322 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Introducing Squish—a hilarious, action packed graphic novel series from the award-winning creators of Babymouse! Filled with superheroes, comics within comics, and gross-out science, Squish is perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, Dan Gutman's Weird School, and Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady.

School's out! Everyone's favorite amoeba is headed to summer camp!
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“Squish-The Power of the Parasite” by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm is a children’s graphic novel that tells the story of Squish- an amoeba- who is reluctant in attending summer camp where he is to learn to swim. As Squish once had a tragic experience in learning to swim he is sticks to the side of the pool ledge while all the other campers seem to be having a blast swimming. It is at this camp where Squish meets Basil- who challenges Squish in choosing right from wrong as he pushes “fun” a bit ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Squish is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I think the emphasis on making good choices when faced with difficult situations is a great addition to an already fun character. Additionally, the narration arrows are quite funny.
Daniel Zeng
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
The story Squish by Jennifer L. Holm tellAt swim camp, Squish's new friend Basil helps him avoid learning to swim with pranks that sometimes go too far, but the comic book exploits of Squish's idol, Super Amoeba, help him deal with Basil and conquer his fear.
Sarah W
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Squish's summer is off to a rough start. When forced to pick between swim camp and ballet camp, he chooses swimming only to find out his best friends Peggy and Pod are enrolled in ballet camp instead. Squish reluctantly trudges off to swim camp.

While the other amoebas at the pool are having super awesome fun, Squish is not. The pool staff don't even have his name right! They think he is Squash not Squish. While other little amoebas splash and swim, Squish sticks to pool ledge as he remembers wha
Paul  Hankins
The whole Squish series by Jennifer and Matt Holm is fun, but Squish #3 is "super awesome fun."

It's summer vacation and while his friends attend ballet camp (Pod has other motives for attendance including disrupting the universe vs learning to spin on his toes) Squish must attend swim camp at the insistence of his mother who reminds him that amoebas should know how to swim as they live in ponds (an important scientific fact offered early on in this work).

But getting in the pool could be one of S
In this 3rd installment of the popular Squish graphic novel series, Squish joins a swimming class and makes a new friend, Basil, who is a poisonous hydra. Instead of the "Super Awesome Fun" he planned, Squish finds that swimming and friendship are scarier than he predicted. I cannot wait for Squish #4 this fall. My students love Squish!
Colby Sharp
This book has Nerdy winner written all over it. The best Holm GN so far. Can't wait for the book to come out. My fourth graders NEED this book and the lesson they will learn from reading it.
Janet Ngai
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is called “Squish”by Jennifer L.Holm.The story in this book is about Squish and his friend Basil.Squish is an amoeba,Basil is an hydra,his tentacles can paralyze prey and his body can grow back again.In the beginning of the story,Squish’s mother let him go to swimming camp because they get a summer vacation.But Squish doesn’t like swim,so he go to bathroom for read cartoon book.Suddenly Basil see him and that book,and he said he also like the book.They talk a lot so they be come frien ...more
Jesse Bray
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An adorable story about Squish an amoeba that makes a friend at swim camp. While I think having the author push a gender normative is silly especially with a non binary creature, the plot of this story is relevant and charming. Squish's story parallels and is emboldened by his reading of his comic book heroes. He in turn learns how to handle toxic friendships. Which is a powerful topic for both children and adults alike.
Ray Li
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Squish by jennifer L. Holm
This story is about a thing call squish , he went to swimming camp and meet a friend cell Basil they don't want to swim at the end the basil mischief squish and squish must dance so he get basil into his stomach..
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s talk about Squish make a friend Basil.And Basil teach him how to tease the the beginning, the Squish think it is very funny.but in the end, Squish know how terrible it is.And Squish let the power to take the Basil out.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is just cute and funny. I like the mix of a comic within a comic, science and drawing lessons. Who knew ballet could be so deadly? ;)
Alex Roberts
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is very quick, but it is kind of boring.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. It was a classic squish book teaching a lesson.
Katie Fitzgerald
The Power of the Parasite is the third book in the Squish series by Babymouse creators Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. In this episode, Squish, a pond-dwelling amoeba, is sent to summer swim camp because his mom thinks amoebas who live in ponds should know how to swim. While sitting on the sidelines, too scared to actually get in the pool, he meets a hydra named Basil. Squish and Basil share a love of Super Amoeba comic books, which Squish reads in every volume of the series so far, and they ...more
Jamie Liu
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a good book. It talk about an amoeba his name is squish, he go to the summer swimming camp. But he doesn’t no how to swim, he find a friend with him. And they not swimming everyday. His friend’s hands can grow again after it’s broken, and it has electricity. Squish think his friend is cool. And they make fun on other ones. The last, squish think it no fun at they make fun on other people’s body. So he doesn’t play with his friend. He go to learn swim. And his friend had some consequ ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been hearing about Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm's work in comics for kids for years, but I never read anything by them until the Cybils pushed me into it. I'm happy my panelist duties pushed me into it, because I absolutely love the Squish series.

In THE POWER OF THE PARASITE, our intrepid hero - the amoeba Squish - is forced to go to swim camp by his mom. (The other choice was ballet camp. While Squish makes several jokes about it, the text and other characters point out that ballet is
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the third 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
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 5 stars
Art: 4 stars

In this third installment of the Squish series, Squish goes to swim camp and makes a new friend. But when this new friend, who happens to be a hydra, gets carried away with pranks that are hurtful to others, Squish must make a decision. Friendship dynamics are so relevant for the targeted age group; as children pull away from their parents, they must navigate the muddy waters of peer pressure. Not all children can do this as well as Squish, who shows remarkable courage
Ms. Yingling
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
While Pod and Peggy are off at ballet camp, Squish is stuck at summer swim camp. He doesn't want anything to do with the water after a previous terrible experience, but the conselour is annoyingly perky and keeps encouraging everyone to have "super awesome fun". Luckily, he meets a friend who also doesn't want to swim, Basil, and the two try to avoid swimming and read comic books instead. Squish is also reading about his favorite comic superhero who has taken on a sidekick who has some evil tend ...more
Jennifer Bacall
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Squish No.3 The Power of the Parasite hits stores tomorrow and it is another perfect installment in the funny, smart, loveable series. Squish is an amoeba who is nervous to go to Summer camp. He must choose between swim camp and ballet camp and his friend’s have all chosen ballet camp. He’s scared to swim and meets a new friend Basil, who is also afraid to swim and makes Squish laugh. It doesn’t take Squish long to realize that maybe Basil isn’t exactly who Squish thought he would be. Sections o ...more
Sep 21, 2012 added it
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“Squish-The Power of the Parasite” by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm is a book targeted for third graders. This unique graphic novel is fun to read and is also educational with random little facts. The book is about a parasite who is about to start his summer. Squish, the parasite is terrified though because his parents have enrolled him into a camp for learning how to swim and Squish hates swimming. Luckily Squish meets a couple new friends to get him thru his summer. By the end of the book Squ ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
School is out for the summer and everyone is signing up for summer camp. Squish's mom signed him up for swim camp while all his other friends are attending ballet camp. Learning a few lessons from his favorite superhero Sal the super amoeba and his new partner Parasite, Squish learns that standing up to others isn't always easy. Squish overcomes his fears at swim camp.

"The Power of the Parasite" is appropriate for ages 7+ (Grades 2+).

While reading this book I became a little confused between t
Becky B
Squish is off to swim camp for the summer. Both his friends went to ballet camp, though, so he's all alone. And, water is pretty scary. Squish meets a hydra named Basil who also doesn't want to swim. He's excited he's found a friend. But after a few days Squish starts to realize some of the things Basil thinks of funny are actually not nice. What should he do? Thankfully, his favorite comic superhero Super Amoeba is having similar problems with a new sidekick named Parasite, and Squish decides t ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review of an advance copy:

This summer, Squish had 2 options: swim camp or ballet camp. Squish opted for swimming, but Peggy and Pod chose ballet camp. So Squish is on his own at swim camp and he also seems to be pretty scared of the water. Luckily, he makes a new friend - Basil - right away. But Squish realizes that while his new friend is funny, he can also be a bully. So Squish has to be like his hero Super Amoeba and do what he thinks is right even if it's not the coolest thing. One of my fav
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Time for summer vacation hooray!! That is until Squish is forced to choose between two summer past times: learning to swim, or learning ballet. Neither of these sound remotely enjoyable to Squish who would rather lay around reading comic books all day. But out of those choices what else is an amoeba to do?

Out of the Squish books this one was my favorite so far. I liked that Squish was flawed, saw he was making bad choices, apologized for his actions and did better.

These books are candy for eve
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I thought this was a fun graphic novel with a decent story and good message that came a bit close to didactic but didn't cross over my threshhold. I do wonder if the authors/artists consider not making the characters gendered. Since amoebas don't have sexes, it seems a bit artificial and unnecessary. The art was loose but still clear. I liked the difference between the comics that Squish is reading and the story, although at first I was a bit confused. I think it's really the silly asides that h ...more
It's summertime and Squish is going to swim camp. He's not super jazzed about it, but he makes a friend. Meanwhile, in Squish's comic book, Super Amoeba has landed a partner. When both new friends start showing their bad sides it's up to Squish and Super Amoeba to make some tough decisions.

A fun, quick read, combining science, summer, and the realistic drama of friendships recommended for grades 3-5.
Kaytlyn Rosynek
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
This graphic novel is the perfect book for kids who are reluctant to read. The story of an amoeba during the summer, who attends swimming camp while his friends are at ballet camp, is funny and can definitely keep the reader's attention. The pictures to the comic-like book, are black and white with some lime green. The green in used to have parts of the illustration stand out. I thought this graphic novel was enjoyable and witty; the amoeba will keep you coming back for more!
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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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