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Captain Disaster

(Squish #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,218 ratings  ·  77 reviews
It's soccer season! But the Waterfleas (hey, it could be worse--Okay, maybe it couldn't) are getting pummelled game after game. Squish knows winning isn't everything, but it's something right? Can Squish turn the losing streak around when he becomes team captain? Will Pod figure out how to harness the power of lightning? And how can amoebas play soccer when they don't have ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Look at that beatific soccer ball😍
Stacia Leigh
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weird yet engaging. I *think* I get why kids love it. Characters are relatable and seem like friends you'd want to hang out with.
Jamie Liu
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

" This story “squish#4” is continue “squish#3”. This story is a good story. It tell us everyone should have chance. Like they play soccer, and all teammates can get the ball. Not only who is good at sport. And we should make plan for doing something. So they won the soccer game. (less) "
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cool book. It is about this thing called an amoeba and his name is Squish. In this book he decides to join the school soccer club and the coach makes him captain and it becomes a disaster hence the name of the book "Captain Disaster".
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book four in the series and the pattern is firmly established. Dad is hopeless--but at least he's around! It's the advice Squish gets from Super Amoeba that truly helps him work out his problems and figure things out. A great way to point kids in the right direction without being preachy.
Funny, quick read. Good for the elementary reader.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-471
It's soccer season for the Amoebas? You heard that right! Soccer season is amongst the Waterfleas( They didn't get to choose their name) and even when Squish is put as captain, they still continue to lose. All they want to do is beat their opponents but the only streak they are having is a losing one. It is up to Squish to figure out a way to start winning and the pressure is on his shoulders now to turn their streak around. Squish doesn't know how to change things up for himself and his team so ...more
Janet Ngai
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is called “Squish” by Jennifer L. Holm. Squish is a amoeba, he has two best friends, one is called pod, he also is a amoeba; other one is called Peggy, she is a paramecium.
In the story, they will have some football game with other team. The teacher told them let everyone have the chance to kick the ball during game, but they always lost that games. One day, Squish called all of the teammates get together and they talk about the plan during football game.
They won that game, but on th
Jan 09, 2018 added it
The book squish is wrote by Jennifer is about squish and his friends went to a football summer camp they are going to have many competitions with other school but at the frist they dident work as a team and the one that is not very good at football doesn’t have any chances to touch the ball so they alway lose . He had a talk with his dad and he told him to work together even the other are not very good but team work is very important. They got a plan together and finally they won a race and agai ...more
Ray Li
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is about squish when to a soccer sigh up and he became the captain and he’s team always lost he wonder captain have to tell he’s team what to do so at the end of the story he’s team wins a lot.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
small funny book with fun and cheerful main characters.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was pretty good but it was only 100 pages or something and i read in like a day
but its still pretty good
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The author want to tell us you should give everyone chance, maybe they’ll be very good on this. Although you win the game, but your teammates was not happy.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Squish plays soccer! Too cute. Peggy's rain cloud moment was sweet too. I like the little bits of information tossed in there ("real science") as well as the comic of Super Amoeba. :)
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a funny cartoon...I love this book, the soccer team never give up on their game and achieve the goal.It inspired me to never giving up.
Erin Logan
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Squish the amoeba becomes captain of the soccer team, and things just seem to keep getting worse! This was a cute elementary graphic novel with a little science worked in.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
It wasn't as funny but it was a little funny and I liked it is was fun to read though.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 5 stars
Art: 4 stars

In this fourth installment of the Squish series, Squish takes on a leadership role for the first time. As he grows into his role as team captain, he must balance his desire to win with fairness and allowing others to participate, even if their skills are not as strong as he would like. Squish learns so many valuable lessons over the soccer season:
- Discover the strengths of your team members and utilize them to best advantage.
- Giving a teammate a chance to succeed is a
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the book squish because it is about a team that always looses. Then squish found the teams skills but some players did't get the ball at all and then one player quit and then one more. Finally they all got the ball and lightning and then the team made a goal but they still lost.So that is what i think about the book.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the fourth book in the Squish series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Our youngest devoured 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've found that these stories aren't nearly as compelling or charming as the Babymouse ones. In both series, the main character learns a moral lesson and the stories are all entertaining; I just like the "Babymouse" characters better. But our youngest really lik
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Squish is back, and Peggy and Pod talk him into going out for the soccer team, even though it means getting out of bed at 7:00 a.m. even on days where there is no school! The team (The Sand Fleas) is not very talented, and their coach just tells them every week to do their best and have fun. Squish is the team captain because Peggy enthusiastically nominates him, and feels like a disaster. When he mentions this to his father, his father asks Squish what he intends to do to make the team better. ...more
Becky B
Squish, Pod, and Peggy end up on the same after school soccer team, the Water Fleas. They are on a solid losing streak and it looks like they'll continue that way. With some tips from Super Amoeba (and don't tell, but some actually helpful hints from his Dad), Squish eventually figures out that being a good captain means both maximizing everyone's strengths and making the entire team feel valued.

A great message on teamwork and the value of people, even when they don't seem to have much to contri
Holly Letson
Squish is chosen as the captain of the soccer team, The Water Fleas. When they keep losing their games, he receives some expert advice from his father, and realizes that it is up to him to create a plan to make them into winners.
Using Squish's plans, The Water Fleas start winning their games, and become winners. But, they are not happy. So, Squish allows them to play as they want, even though they become losers again.
At least, the team finishes the term in 4th place.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Squish and his friends join the soccer team. Squish turns out to be an all-star, but is frustrated that his team is losing so many of their games. He finally works out a winning formula, but not all of Squish's friends share his enthusiasm about their recent wins, especially when they don't they aren't in on any of the action.

A funny sports read about the ups and downs of teamwork. Recommended for grades 3-5.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Squish and his friends are all on the same soccer team and Squish has been named the captain. Being captain comes with both the desire to gave fun as well as the desire to win. Being a team also means teamwork and that means every single microbe on the team. Again, these are stories with real life issues that you'd think would be tired but they work very well. Everything comes off very realistic despite itself.
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
When you think of an amoeba, do you immediately think about friendship and character-building and humor? Probably not, unless you're thinking of the Squish series, in which case, you are quite correct! Jennifer & Matthew Holm pack some great lessons into these funny graphic novels, but they are never over-the-top or preachy. Just a normal kid - make that amoeba! - trying to figure things out and learning from his mistakes.
Katrina Cole
Honestly this is not one of my favorite graphic novels. The illustrations are not that impressive and I did not get much of the humor in this story. This is not a rich text but it does follow some sort of plot. Even though it is slow moving there are some good messages about not quitting and working hard. It sort of has a Bad News Bears sort of feel, but I felt the text could be stronger and more engaging.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another solidly entertaining graphic novel for young readers from Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Squish is involuntarily made captain of his soccer team "The Water Fleas". Even though his team is told over and over again it is not about winning, Squish and his friends get disheartened over their continuous losing streak. Can Squish help the team turn things around while still making it F-U-N for all?
Chris H
This is a book about amoebas and different types of cells. In this book squish the main character is an amoeba that is chosen to be captain of the soccer team. His plans don't include all players but will he do the right thing even if it makes them lose? I would recommend this book to people that read babymouse.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
My favorite Squish title to date. Winning isn't everything, but that proves hard for Squish and his soccer teammates to understand as they lose game after game. Getting back on track requires them to rethink their strategies, but even then the team isn't sure the goal of fun is being met.
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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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