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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Meet Dewey Jenkins, a 13-year old school kid who's about to fail science class. Follow Dewey on an amazing adventure that leads him and his friends to a virtual world where they will have to overcome all sorts of digital creatures and solve a number of puzzles in order to get home. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by DC Comics
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Graysen Thurman
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Brenda Lower
Super fun graphic novel! Wide appeal to lots of kids. Has everything from giant spiders and zombie rats to friendship and siblings fighting. Lots of fun, good lessons mixed into it it. Reminds of the Zita the Spacegirl series!
Oct 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNFed...have no patience for artwork that makes all of the characters look like Muppets. Can't get into the story due to character RPG bubbles...just seems really uninteresting. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2020
You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here.

Many thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for a review copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

As a gamer, I feel like it’s my duty to pick up and read all the delightfully geeky books I can find. You know, for research. For the kids. Obviously.

My Video Game Ate My Homework is a delightful graphic novel that captures both the adventure and spirit of a video game, but also the teamwork and camaraderie required.

Kids seem to
Ben Truong
My Video Game Ate My Homework is a graphic novel and is written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen. It centers on four friends who enter a virtual reality video game and complete a quest to retrieve an important science project.

An incredible engineer, Dewey Jenkins, 13, struggles with dyslexia. In addition, a VR gaming console called the Infinity Lens has just randomly eaten his science fair project – a ketchup volcano, which represents his last chance at avoiding summer school. Dewey enlists his
Cass Moskowitz
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun graphic novel about the power of friendship and believing in yourself, with video games and a pet spider thrown in for fun! I loved the characters within and the cute references to games of all kinds. This will be a hit with kids who love video games but also love adventure and fun heroes to follow. The ending was a bit... abrupt, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.
Cute enough and I could see that kids would enjoy it. The video game itself was entertaining if formulaic and familiar. Kids who are in to RPGs might find it too generic and the characters irritating in their (lack of) tactics.

I did not care for the drawing style but it was bright and colorful. Action scenes, given the type of video game it was supposed to be, were rather static.
Cait Hutsell
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved this book. But I’m concerned that the main character presents as BIPOC and the author is White. Why was this choice made? When my BIPOC students are looking for a mirror in a text I want them to see authenticity. :(
Christine Irvin
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dewey and his friends go on a wild adventure INSIDE A video game after the video game comes "alive" and swallows up his homework (a special project for the science fair). This graphic novel is sure to please comic book lovers and gaming geeks. ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cool how much thought was put into making this accessible. Really individual art style that I think kids will enjoy. Video game-y in a way that seemed genuine (makes sense due to Hansen's long video game involvement). Adorable robot companion which is always a plus. ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
So DC is taking a stab at the highly lucrative field of non-superhero graphic novels for middle grade students, and I sincerely wish them well. This is the first of their DC Kids books that doesn't have a superhero that I've tried, and I think it worked at what it set out to do. Most notably, one of the main characters has dyslexia, and his personal growth is finding new tools to deal with his reading difficulties. His sister, on the other hand, learns how to support him without being overbearin ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic
The dog excuse was a little more plausible.

When Dewey's volcano project gets eaten by his video game, he and his friends must enter after it and beat it in order to get the work back on time. As a gamer, getting warped into a game would be perilous (I play Mortal Kombat mostly) and yet I could relate to the fascination of having to go through various levels and hidden clues. I loved the camaraderie that these guys shared. Not to mention, the way Dewey's dyslexia was dealt with. Sadly, I just co
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My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen, 160 pages, GRAPHIC NOVEL, DC Comics, 2020, $10. 9781401293260

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Dewey Jenkins is 13yo and he has a serious problem. If he doesn’t pass his science class, he’s looking at summer school. Because he’s dyslexic and reading is difficult, he figures building a science fair volcano will be his ticket to success.
Besides, first prize is to try out a new virtual reality console. Dewey’s best frie
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Guess whose pre-ordering this book for her nephew? This person right here.
My Video Game Ate My Homework is an adorable graphic novel about Dewey attempting to make the best science project possible to avoid having to go to summer school. He can create amazing things, but numbers and reading throw him off. His dyslexia affecting his life in ways that make it hard for him to explain to his twin s
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Graphic Novel
I received an electronic ARC from DC Entertainment through NetGalley.
Humor on every page in both the text and the art. These four friends opt for adventures in the virtual world after the video game takes Dewey's science project. They follow the volcano through the portal and experience the new game in person. Working together they make their way through the challenges and defeat the evil contenders to make it to the final challenge - a rather familiar looking volcano that's taken o
Josephine Sorrell
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

This tale was fun fast paced and exciting. It reminded me of the movie, Ralph Wrecks the Internet.

Four friends enter a virtual reality video game and complete a quest to retrieve an important science project in this new graphic novel.

Thirteen-year-old Dewey is a hands on kind of guy. He has difficulty with reading, writing, and numbers due to dyslexia. Dewey’s feeling threatened with a summer spent in summer school. For this reason, he is depending on his fabulous science project he’s worked so
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
In My Video Game Ate My Homework, Dewey Jenkins finds his science project- an immaculately engineered volcano that has to save his grade OR ELSE- absorbed into a futuristic augmented reality prototype, the Infinity Lens. He and his friends enter the Infinity Lens and become characters in the game to rescue the ersatz volcano. With colorful and active panels, author Dustin Hansen’s figures have a Gumby-like animation to them, harkening to his video game career. This work is greatly informed by hi ...more
I might be biased based on what I was expecting - this was published by DC, but unlike the other graphic novels for kids they've been putting out, this doesn't seem to take place in that universe. I assumed this was going to be similar to recent books like Anti/Hero and Primer, which focus on new heroes with passing references to show they exist in the DC universe we're familiar with, but that wasn't the case here. I was actually kind of confused because it references the show Teen Titans Go, so ...more
Becky B
Dewey, his twin sister Beatrice, and their best friends Ferg and Katherine are hanging out at Dewey and Beatrices after school. Dewey is freaking out because his science fair project has to be amazing or he's going to summer school. He struggles with book learning because of dyslexia but is great with tinkering so he actually has hope for his project. Ferg is freaking out because he kinda, sorta, opened the VR video game the winner of the science fair gets to play and it kinda broke. Oh, it was ...more
M.L. Little
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange partner: My Video Game Ate My Homework by @dustinwrites. Releases 4.21 through @dccomics.
Dewey has to overcome his challenges reading or else he’ll have to go to summer school. Is his volcano project good enough to win the grand prize of a new video game console? However, that becomes the least of his worries when he and his friends, while sneaking for a peek at the prize, accidentally trigger the device and get sucked into the game. Now they’ll have to team up and use their str
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fandom-filled graphic novel that kids and grownups alike will love Dewey is a 13-year-old kid on the verge of flunking science when he and his friends gets sucked into a video game adventure that presents them with challenges, fights with digital monsters, and puzzles to solve. Loaded with sight gags and wink-nudges to video games, con life, and overall fandom, kids (and big kids, like me) will see themselves in Dewey and Co. 

The book encourages readers to problem solve and emphasizes
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Video Game Ate My Homework, by @dustwrites , is a great book for video game fans! Dewey Jenkins must ace his final science project or he will have to attend summer school. He has the project all done and ready to turn in when he and his friends are sucked into a video game and the video game takes the project. The friends must beat the game to get the project back! Dewey must conquer his fears and use his dyslexia as a superpower. The friends recognize each other’s strengths making this an aw ...more
April Gray
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was fun and cute, not very deep, but it tried. Dewey, along with his twin sister Beatrice and a couple of their friends, Katherine and Ferg, team up to rescue Dewey's science project from a virtual reality game that ate it. Along the way, Dewey comes to terms with his dyslexia, and he and his sister come to an understanding that she can't always do things for him, but she can be there for him if he needs her. So, we do get a bit of warm fuzzy, but mostly this is a fast-paced adventure, beca ...more
Samantha Mairson
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dewey (playing to the librarian audience?) is a 13 year old kid (according to other reviewers, not my memory of the story) who loses his homework to a virtual reality video game adventure. To the tune of Stranger Things and ET for its group dynamics, this is the perfect end of school year adventure comic for middle grade readers. (Has coronavirus ended the 2019-2020 school year?)

The art is lovely and there’s a not-too-forced theme of overcoming dyslexia and fear, and teamwork made great by playi
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a fun story! Graphic novels are just so cool. And this one is groundbreaking in all that they did to help kids with dyslexia be better able to read it.

Dewey struggles with dyslexia and is failing science. He has to get an A in his science fair project or it’s summer school for him. Luckily, he’s really good at creating things with his hands . . . That is until the latest video game eats his homework. Now he and his friends have to go on an epic quest inside the video game to retrieve his ho
Jun 12, 2020 added it
Shelves: middle-grade
Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Dewey Jenkins is determined to get an A+ on his volcano science project so that he doesn’t have to go to summer school. In addition, he has a chance to win a virtual reality video game console. Everything is just fine until Dewey’s best friend Ferg gets a hold of the console and breaks it. Ferg asks Dewey to help him fix it, and suddenly the two friends find themselves inside of a video game with Dewey’s sister Beatrice and her friend Kat. Worst of al
Jenny Claiborne
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from School Library Journal and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Great graphic novel for younger readers! I love that it contains a character with dyslexia. I have several young patrons at the library dealing with dyslexia and it's so important for them to see themselves in a story. Love the video game elements throughout the definitely helps keep the attention of gamers who may not particularly enjoy reading. The beautiful illustrations are just a bonus
Emily G
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was really cute, and I gave it a bonus star for centering on a character with dyslexia who faces his challenge to save the day. The issues the characters face are authentic within the story, I just wish a bit more care was taken in editing a few of the panel changes. Generally though, this a GREAT book for budding readers and struggling students.

I received an ARC of this title from the publisher.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
It's a very cute kid's graphic novel. There's no deep lesson just a fun adventure with one dyslexic kid solving a VR game with the help of his friends. This is more for 8 to 13 year olds.

Thee star here is the art and the coloring. The kids look like Muppets with noses that stick straight out and eyes that look more like stick-on googly eyes. No eyelids or eyelashes here. The monsters they fight are pretty familiar and not too frightening. Everything resolves pretty easily.
Dewey needs an awesome Science Fair project to avoid languishing in Summer School--and to win a state-of-the-art VR gaming system. When his friend Ferg "accidentally" opens and breaks the system, he needs to put that aside and fix the it. But something goes wrong and his project is sucked into the game. Dewey and his friends must enter the game and win it to retrieve his project. This was fun, with a Scott Pilgrim-ish vibe for the younger set. ...more
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