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Super Amoeba (Squish #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,981 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
Introducing SQUISH—a new graphic novel series about a comic book-loving, twinkie-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day). Inspired by his favorite comic book hero, SUPER AMOEBA!, Squish has to navigate school (bullies! detention! Principal Planaria!), family (dad: Hates to wear a tie. Secretly li ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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I picked this new graphic novel up at the bookstore because I knew immediately--in capital letters KNEW--that the kids at my school would love to get their grubby little hands on it. They adore Babymouse (yes, even the boys) and they will LOVE this new series.

Squish is an amoeba. His best friend Pod is an amoeba. Their friend Peggy is a planaria. So this is what we're working with here. Microbiological humor. Squish is your basic Charlie Brown of amoebae--a lovable guy who often finds himself in
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
One Sentence Review: Alas, it doesn't quite have the oomph of the Holms' Babymouse series (and does anyone else think it odd that the girls in this book are all dingbats?).
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the first 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
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a medium quality book.My gut said just keep reading, so I did. I think I will read the rest of the series when I have a chance.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute graphic scientific novel on the life of a squishy amoeba. I thought the science experiment at the end was gross but funny. Also, the comic within a comic of "Super Amoeba" was a nice touch. And gotta love Fluffy. ;)
Apr 18, 2014 added it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Primary book #2 Squish Super Amoeba

1. This graphic novel enhances my collection by showing students ways to stand up for themselves and for others when something is not right. The story is about an Amoeba named “Squish” and his two friends at school, one of who is being bullied. Squish is an avid reader of a comic book about an amoeba superhero, whom he looks up to and wants to be like. When he notices that his friend is being bullied, he tries to stand up for her, but just freezes up since the
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Squish is an amoeba who does well at school, when he manages to get his head out of his Super Amoeba comic book. Pod, his best friend, is another amoeba who wants to solve global warming, once he gets rid od the tuna sandwich that nobody wants. Peggy is a sweet and clueless paramecium, who wants nothing more than to show her friends her cute pet slime mold. Lynwood is the school bully, who just wants to eat Peggy. Thinking about what Super Amoeba would do, and conversations with his dad, are how ...more
Lady Knight
This will certainly appeal to any fans of the Babymouse books, and any kids who would have love to have read Babymouse, if only her books weren't pink! Love the idea of our green sporting hero, but given the target age and the (typial) reading ability of the kids who are going to be drawn to this one, I do think that too much of the vocabulary is pretty difficult. "Amoeba" is in the title, but that one I don't think is too hard; "Microscopic" is mentioned early on, but again that one isn't too h ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely entertaining comic book about micro-organisms. It fuses the fiction and nonfiction genres by interspersing facts about amoebas, paramecia, and more, into the silly adventures of a geeky amoeba and his friends, as they try to defeat the bullies in their school. As a result, this book could be used in classrooms to expose students only interested in fiction texts or comic books to science and informational texts.

This book could also be used in a lesson on how to use reference
Jordan Brovelli
"Squish: Super Amoeba" is uniquely written and illustrated by, Jennifer L. Holm (Author, Illustrator), and Matt Holm (Author, Illustrator). Squish is a brand new graphic series about this squish named Amoeba. Amoeba is just trying to find his place in this big world or just at least make it through one school day one at a time. In this book of the series, amoeba becomes super amoeba! He tries to eliminate all the bad things that happen in his school. For example, like the bullies, detention and ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
From the ever clever duo that brought you Babymouse comes a whole new graphic novel hero: an amoeba. Squish is just your normal guy, trying to make it through a school day without being eaten by the resident bully. When one of his best friends is threatened in the process, however, Squish has to figure out if he's brave enough to stand up for what's right. Love the art and the storytelling, though I did find myself wishing that the sole female character wasn't an utter dingbat. If Babymouse can ...more
Diego Herrera
this book was about an amoeba named squish and his friends his friend penny got a pet that is big and ugly and she wants to invite squish over to see it but then the other friend said he forgot to wash his hands and they were late to school they got detention with some bullies ad since penny is so nice she invited a bully to go see her pet and squish knew that the bully was just gonna go to eat her and they get to the house and squish is really nervous and then the pet eats the bully and squish ...more
David Chen
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In"Super Amoeba" by Jennifer L. Holm, it talks about a normal day of squish. In the beginning of story, Squish meet his two friends Piggy and Pod by the way to school. But inside the school, there's a bad guy who wants to eat Piggy, but Squish know this, so he decided to safe Piggy. Finally Piggy's pet safe Piggy and Piggy got safe. The ending of story is very happy.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Being a huge fan of the Babymouse series and the Holm duo, it was inevitable that I read this. A nice start to a series about an amoeba who loves comic books. I enjoy the science references and can't wait to read the other books!
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay. Some science details that will be a little advanced for the age group. I didn't really like the way they dealt with the bully though. Squish acted like he was going to stand up to the bully and then he didn't and the only way it was resolved was that a pet ate the bully.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other, crime, frendship
strange. that. all. the. living. things. are. germs.
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finn-wren
Perfect mix of germs, a use of the word "butt" and superheroes ;). Finn and I are both looking forward to the next one!
A great new series from the creators of Babymouse--this time starring an amoeba and his single-celled friends. Full of science facts.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, graphicnovels
I think I need to go wash my pseudopods.

Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Nope. I'm a Babymouse fan but this was disappointing.

Super Amoeba (#1) offers a story within a story within a story -- first the reader is transported from our real world down into the microscopic world (via a microscope, functioning as a kind of portal). We meet two boys (in the form of blobs), and our hero is reading a super hero comic book, which provides a lot of the story level tropes.

Babymouse, as you may know, is entirely black, white and pink. I know it is read by boys too, but the prob
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is called “Squish”by Jennifer L.Holm.It is about squish with his best friend Pod and Peggy (they are not humans).Squish is a amoeba, he likes comic books and he is smart in science;Pod is also a amoeba,he is Interest in stopping global warming;Peggy is a paramecia,a lovely “girl” and she always happy all the time.One day after school,they need be detention because they were late for class in the morning.When they are in the detention’s room,they meet a bad guy he is called “Lynwood”,he ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Awards: Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for Grades K-3 (2013)

Appropriate grade level: Second Grade

Summary: A comic book-loving, twinkle-eating grade school AMOEBA trying to find his place in the world, or at least trying to make it through a school day. Squish has to navigate school, family ), and friends.

Review: Kids will actually learn scientific facts about amoebae and plan-aria and other things micro-tiny. They won't notice they're learning it because they'll be too busy rea
Wendi Lee
I liked this less than the highly addictive Babymouse series, but maybe that's because I'm not seeing the full potential of amoebas yet? Squish is a likable character - he tries to save his friends, and he (grudgingly) gives up his yummy school lunch in the name of global warming research. There just isn't that much going on. Either way, it's a hard sell for my eight year old. I think we'll stick to Babymouse for now.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I got this from a Book Riot comics giveaway that included a variety of different graphic novels, and it looked like a cute, quick read, so I gave it a shot. It definitely was, and I enjoyed the bit of science education that went along with the plot of the novel, which felt like one that a lot of elementary school aged kids would be able to empathize with.
Mary Thomas
It was okay. I'm trying to like graphic novels, but they're not really my thing. What I like most about them is that they are pretty quick to get through. I haven't read enough of them to know if Squish is that good of a graphic novel or not.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the central message about doing the right thing. There were some funny parts of the book. Overall, I was annoyed by Squish’s friend (especially Peggy) and the inconsistencies (like how they don’t need clothes because they are amoebas but then they eat tacos for lunch).
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
There is a bit of a disconnect with this graphic novel. I learned about single cell beings in high school biology. This book is for middle graders who will miss most of the jokes due to lack of background knowledge.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is talk about Squish and his friend.And a “monster”want to eat his friend Peggy.the book is already ok.but I am not really like some book like this style.
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the series
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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.

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