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The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid

(DC Zoom)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  47 reviews

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not so great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed "Swamp Kid" by
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by DC Zoom
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May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite of those recent cartoons based on super-heroes book for kids I read. This one also uses the cartoon style, but it uses the doodle style and the dairy as well. Mixed of style to present us the Swamp Thing has a teen. The various styles allow the book to present more content and keep the reader more into it, more dynamic. It has humor, cool artwork and a good enough story. Better than expected after reading Superman of Smallville and DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High.
Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....

I was sent this one for review by the publishers. I really enjoyed it and was very surprised by how invested I was in the characters and the plot. I'll have a full review of this one posted tomorrow.
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I liked the football parts. Those parts weren't scary. The Big Swamp Thing and the Little Swamp Thing was so cool. I want to turn into a Big Swap Thing. The Rat was scary." -Conley, age 4 ...more
Mason R
Dont judge a book by it's cover ...more
tony dillard jr
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Earlier this year, when DC Comics announced the inaugural line-up of it’s DC Ink and DC Zoom imprint, I had mixed feelings about this book. For one thing, I wasn’t very sure if I liked the idea behind the Swamp Kid or not. For one thing, the character of Swamp Thing has never been a G-rated property. Plus, to have such a gothic character rebooted as a Diary of a Wimpy Kid arch-type just seemed wrong to me. So, when this book debuted in October for sale, I waited.

That wait came to an end when I f
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's hard for me to review this book since I am definitely *not* the target audience. I will say this however: this book was a hit for my two older readers (9 and 11 years old). Due to a personal connection we got a signed copy sent to us from the author, which they both thought was pretty cool.

The premise is simple: how can a young boy deal with the normal stresses of middle school, grades, and friendships while also trying to dodge the shady exploits of a secretive organization bent upon explo
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meet Russell Weinwright, your average half-human half-swamp creature, just trying to survive the 8th grade with his best friend Charlotte and new pal Preston...although Russell’s middle-school problems include trying to navigate his wonky abilities, getting enough sunlight to eat, dodging his maybe mad scientist teacher, avoiding the shady men in black goons who have appeared in town, and meeting a kinda real swamp creature legend, all while documenting his crazy life in his very personal, do-no ...more
Kate Waggoner
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
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Thank you to @DCComics, @DCZoomBooks, and @KirkScroggs for sharing an advance copy of The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid with the #KidLitExchange network. This graphic novel hit shelves on October 1, 2019. All opinions are my own.

Russell Weinwright is half boy, half plant and has been nicknamed Swamp Kid by his classmates. He is an excessive notebook doodler and The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is told via Russell's spiral notebook. It details his adventures to better understa
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ordinarily I am not a fan of graphic novels. I am not against them at all; I grew up on comic books. But as I grew older, the two visual operations of print and picture fought against each other in my head. Reading graphic novels is higher-level thinking. They aren’t soothing bedtime reading for me. That being said, I don’t think Swamp Boy could be presented in any other format successfully.

I read this book because I read a positive review in the newspaper and it sounded like fun. It did not di
Maggie Librarian
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: washyarg
A fun and funny Diary of a Wimpy Kid style addition to DC's youth selections. Russel just a tween, who happens to be half plant, just living a normal awkward middle school life. He's an aspiring artist and keeps a very fun illustrated journal of his day to day life. Russel was adopted by a mixed race inter faith couple, who are great parents. His best friend is there for him no matter how weird things get. Sure he has to deal with Preston who keeps trying to record him, and a science teacher who ...more
Maggie Carr
I received this ARC from School Library Journal in return for an honest review.

I enjoyed sharing Swamp Kid with my kids, they are both under that target age group of 8-12 but we still enjoyed reading it together as a family. This was only the second graphic novel I have shared with them, the first being a traditional super hero. It was nice to introduce a theme about embracing your own differences and being your own hero. The science behind "eating" sunlight yielded a fun plant life discussion
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid,” by @kirkscroggs is pure fun! Middle schooler Russell Weinwright is pond scum, literally. He was discovered as a baby and adopted by a human family. Russell is trying to figure out where he came from and who he is, all while navigating the classes and halls of middle school. Thanks to two great friends and Swamp Thing, Russell learns about his powers, gains confidence and saves the school. This book is written in journal form with lots of drawings and comic segme ...more
Wayne McCoy
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
'The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid' by Kirk Scroggs is a graphic novel in the DC Zoom line of books for younger readers.

Middle school is tough enough, what with social pressure and mysterious food being served in the cafeteria. When you're Russell Weinwright, and half boy, half swamp creature, it's worse. With one arm longer than the other, and a carrot for a finger, his life is strange at best. When he starts having visions of the Swamp Thing, he's not sure what to do, but there is something myste
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, I ended up liking this read a lot more than I first thought. With Swamp Thing never floating my boat I thought a 'Diary of a Swampy Kid' reboot/origins story, with little humour, would not work. But you know what? It did. (Although I still think some of the science stuff, where his sidekick finds a DNA strand or something with a household microscope, is definitely on the not-gonna-work side.) It's not an earth-shattering read, but for this target audience it's engaging, and let's face it, ...more
Susan T
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Russell Weinwright is the swamp kid. He was adopted by human parents after he was found in the swamp. he goes to school (maybe high school) and is has a few friends Charlotte and Nil (the video-graph-er). things grow out of him. to help people. while running track a tendril grew out of him so he won. strange people in black sun glasses following him they want to have some of his DNA so they can live longer. he goes into the swamp to meet swamp man (possibly his father)
Kinda slap stick funny
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is absolutely hilarious. I had no idea how a "Swamp Thing for kids" would work (Swampy's line "most of my adventures are R-Rated" killed me). This is the perfect combination of fun, silly, gross humor and engaging art. It really does sound and look like the type of diary a kid would write. It has enough fun Swamp Thing comic and movie references (couple nice Easter egg nods to the Craven film) but not so many that a kid would be lost. I loved this.

ARC acquired at ALA Annual 2019, provided b
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Interesting take on swamp monster legends. The Swamp Kid was found by two humans who adopt him as a baby. Scroggs picks up with his life in middle school. He looks half human/half plant. He lives a fairly normal life - family, school, friends. The obligatory evil nemesis is never actually seen but his minions are everywhere in the town. He is searching for the formula that turned people into swamp creatures. Arcane wants it for the power it brings. This is balanced against a middle grader trying ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every part of this book was fun: The artwork, the character development, and a connection to a DC hero who I have not encountered yet, Swamp Thing… Where on the family tree or vine are they connected? Hmmmm… Maybe we’ll find out.

A perfect blend of drama, scifi, adventure, and hero skills training… love the parts where he is developing his powers (with the help of Swamp Thing). Check this one out!

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Jenny Claiborne
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.

The last couple of years it has been increasingly difficult to find a good read for boys. Swamp Kid delivers. It's funny, has great illustrations, and with only a paragraph or two per page is not intimidating for those struggling to read. We will definitely be buying this book for our library...I already know a few fellas who would love to check it out!
Runa Seidr
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot! The story was amusing and cute and held my daughters' attention to the end. We both enjoyed the artwork. The idea of a monster being adopted by human parents and sent to a human school isn't a new one (it reminded me of Monster High series in a way) but was still well done. He goes through the usual middle-school muddles but always comes out on top through some silly antics. ...more
Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Russell Weinwright is a middle schooler who doesn’t look much like his classmates since he is pond scum, but he has friends (who have nicknamed him Swamp Kid) and loves to scribble in his notebook about everything! In this volume, he writes about what it’s like to be different and how to be comfortable just being himself. Kids will love his quirky personality and will probably relate to him on some level as well.

Rowan Lane
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best new reads from DC's more youth focused line. While the Swamp Thing is a strange story to pull into the kid world, this book is a fun and unique approach. A humorous approach to a kid discovering his powers story with fun illustrations. Certainly has similarities to other works like Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fun! A great elementary middle grade read for anyone who likes not-really-monsters, hilarious illustrations, unconventional superheroes, and just great and funny writing. Journal style with tons of drawings and doodles , so appealing for fans of Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries or Dog Man - this book is awesome!
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Read this to my 10-ur old who still lives being read to (it’s together time ...). I’m finding it harder to find things that he’ll actually want to read. This one he looked at and said - nah! Started to read it anyway and he loved it. Great animations - made me want to break out the old pencils. Story was ok but fine for him.
Kristen Harvey
A fun comic about Swamp Kid who is kind of like Swamp man only dealing with middle school issues like being average at sports, dealing with bullies and also random people following them around suspiciously. A very funny graphic novel about being a sort of superhero while still trying to be a kid.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
The art is great, the characters are fun and dimensional, but the plot feels rushed. I'd be interested in following these kids on more school or teen adventures, but the Arcane narrative did not appeal to me. ...more
Hapsari Darmastuti
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Continuing with my DC Ink/DC Zoom read with The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid. I thought the art style is great since it is made as if it is a spiral journal and the drawings are doodles from Swamp Kid. I like the humor and the storyline is cute and entertaining as well.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, graphic-novels
This was a lot weirder than I was expecting, but still pleasantly surprised. I really don't know anything about Swamp Thing, and I liked that this introduced him from a side view of a new character. I also grew up on graphic novel journals and this totally sent me back to my childhood. ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is very much in the same vein as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dogman. Great for kids who may need a little bit more encouragement in reading.

Story was cute- not as good as some of the other DC Zoom books though
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