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Battle of the Bodkins

(Max and the Midknights #2)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Max didn't expect knight school to be so tough. Luckily, she has her best friends--the Midknights--at her side. But when Byjovia is under attack, the Midknights will have to face beastly creatures, powerful spells, and their greatest foe yet--themselves? ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Theediscerning
Well I guess this reads better for the target audience, but the best books are suitable for anyone to read. And from an adult's point of view, this sophomore adventure concerning our heroine Max and her friends at Knight School really felt woolly, and over-stuffed with detail to pad things out. And while I can wholly manage to get on board with the creator's humour with Big Nate, that used here just fell flat – especially the dunce that is the uncle/bard character. An intriguing premise, with th ...more
Ms. Yingling
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Netgalley

If you have not read the first book, Max and the Midknights, this review may have some spoilers for the series. You have been warned.

Complete review here:
https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/...
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Jennifer
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-mrs-darcy

“At KSB--Knight School of Byjovia--the most important lesson isn’t sword fighting or archery. It’s keeping your eyes open…” and sticking together, “unless it’s somewhere with snakes. Or spiders. Or gluten-free pasta.” Each diverse personality lends “a certain symmetry to our group...each of us is unusually passionate about something.” For Kevyn it’s literature, for Millie it’s magic, for Simon it’s horses, and for Max it’s being a knight. They’re “just five kids and a dwarf trying to do the righ
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Mary
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Max is training to be a knight and she has a substitute teacher which is not a good thing. One of her friends casts a spell to make books duplicate and one goes really wrong and starts to duplicate the student with an evil twin. As the evil spreads and all of the townspeople are replaced with the evil Bodkins and the kids must figure out who is who.  This was a quick page-turner and laugh out loud funny and a quick and easy read for reluctant readers since it combines paragraphs along with cute ...more
Katie
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Read aloud with anthony
Laura
Keep 'em coming, Lincoln Peirce! I'm not usually a graphic novel reader but adore this series. ...more
The Keepers of the Books
Max has achieved her dream of becoming a knight. But Knight school isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The teacher, Sir Brickbat, doesn’t think she should be there and one of the students, Sedgewick seems to have allied with the teacher. To make matters worse, all the other MIdknights have found their passions. Millie is dealing with magic, Kevyn is working in the library, Simon is working with horses. Max hasn’t found hers yet. When the group duplicates a book in Kevyn’s library, they unwittingly ...more
Jes Smith
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novel
Lincoln Peirce understands reluctant and motivated readers. The Big Nate series is a go-to anytime a kid is required to read a book for fun but tells me they don't really like reading. The mixture of comic panels and text help make the reads less intimidating. The plots are straightforward but also are a little deeper than your average commercial middle grade read. Max and the Midknights series is perfect for fans of the original Big Nate series, Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Captain Un ...more
Arminzerella
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Jennifer
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC courtesy of Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House Children's & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

It is no surprise that this book already has a wait list at my library & after previewing it I can say that kids will not be disappointed with the wait. Though they might be immensely frustrated having to wait for book 3! This book definitely lives up to the silliness of the first book. Kids are going to be thrilled to join in on this new adventure as we get to meet s
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Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Max is back! Though, she isn't so sure about knight school at the moment--everyone seems to be doing so much better than her, and her teacher definitely has it out for girls. Her friends all seem to be discovering their passions--Kevyn even started a library! But when Millie uses magic to make identical copies of Kevyn's first book, one of those copies turns out strange--and releases an evil force into Byjovia! Suddenly evil twins--bodkins--are running rampant, and it is up to Max and Midknights ...more
Cari Martinez
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did not know this was a sequel! Enjoyed reading this book with my 7yr son and 8yr nephew (and 14 year old niece helping out since we read over FaceTime). First chapter book! The book is entertaining even for an adult and the boys ended up clapping at the end. Lots of pictures and comic-like making a chapter book not as intimidating.

Not once did they complain about reading too much, which sometimes they do if they are not really into the story and want to hurry up and finish so they can play.
Jessica
While not as fun or as endearing as the first installment of the Max series, Battle of the Bodkins still delivered some chuckles while continuing the intriguing medieval storyline. (I personally just would have cut back on all the short/"dwarf" books, as dwarfism is obviously a real condition I'm not sure we should be encouraging young readers to mock and make fun of.) Barring the chunk of jokes that fell a little flat, I'm curious to see where the 3rd book takes us! ...more
Megan Schmelzer
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I teach 4th-grade, and my students absolutely devoured the first Max and the Midknights book. After reading the newest in the Max and Midknight collection, I am sure that my students will equally love this new book.

This graphic novel is really fitting for any Big Nate or other graphic novel fans. It has a great mixture of text and illustrations. I like how it has some challenging text structure that will force readers to push their reading skills in the midst of reading a graphic novel.
Erica
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real gem of wit and fun! You can't ask for a better blend of modern kid humor which appeals to readers and a new vocabulary and details from a historical period. This book is entertaining, but has great supporting features. My favorite is the vocabulary and unique characters. Great choice for all! ...more
Michele
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Heidi
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books-read
Cute book two by the author of the Big Nate books. Silly fantasy world with lots of pratfalls and mixed up magic (and age appropriate fart jokes). It wouldn’t make as much sense to someone that hadn’t read book one but it’s such a fun read that that’s no hardship!
Dana Fontaine
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, funny
Thank you NetGalley for this read! I am so glad that there is a sequel to the first book. This sequel did not disappoint!! It was fantastical and warm hearted. The characters showed personal growth. There was the right amount of potty humor. This book made me laugh.great job, Lincoln Peirce.
Amber Webb
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Max and the Battle of the Bodkins was a fun read with lots of entertaining twists and turns with body doubles. The Midknights have quite the adventure on their hands when they discover a hidden world with body doubles who aren't quite as kind as they are. ...more
Patti Sabik
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, ya
As expected from "Big Nate's"Lincoln Peirce, this book packs lots of laughter and silliness (and fart jokes). It is a middle-schooler's goofy fantasy dream come true and will surely be flying off the shelves just like our "Big Nate" books. ...more
Renee
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur
Fun read aloud with my 10 and 12 year old. Surprise ending!
But the Bodkins kind of reminded me of the Tethered from the movie Us.
Paul Liadis
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was better than the 1st book I think. Kids that like wimpy kid and all those types of books will dig this one as well.
Alison
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
A fun follow-up to the first book. It had my 6yo giggling and begging me to read it so that we could talk about it together.
Andréa
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Sarah
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sweet and funny
PWRL
Dec 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-new
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Katherine Tytus
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Good book it is a lot like big nate kevyn is Francis Simon is teddy Millie is Dee Dee and brick brain is MS Godfrey great book and I love the series
Melissa Mcavoy
Fun illustrated-comic adventure skillfully delivered with lots of gags, camaraderie and diverse characters.
Pam
Graphic Novel
I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishing through NetGalley
The Midknights are back for a second adventure. This time they face the Bodkins - clones of each person in the town who try to escape from their land to take over Byjovia. They embark on the quest and save the day with help from Max's uncle, two wizards, the head knight and the true king.
Middle grade readers will appreciate the humor throughout. Peirce captures the fun and silliness that many reade
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Lincoln Peirce is a cartoon artist from Portland, Maine. He lives with his wife and two children, and occasionally gives lectures to students about cartoon creating. Peirce writes the comic strip "Big Nate". Peirce's comic strip, Big Nate, is featured as an island on the famous children's website, Poptropica. Big Nate appears as the first cartoon on The Maine Sunday Telegram in the comics section. ...more

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