Friday, July 17, 2009

Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power

By James Kochalka

GRAPHIC NOVEL (all ages)

This is the second volume in the Johnny Boo series; the first book is The Best Little Ghost in the World. You don't have to read the first one to understand what is going on in this story, but both are absolutely silly and charming. Johnny Boo is a little ghost who has a best friend, Squiggle, who is an even littler ghost. Johnny Boo has a special power, Boo Power. Poor Squiggle doesn't have a special power, but he loves the stars in the sky because they have Twinkle Power. He decides to go off into space to find some for himself. While he is gone, Johnny Boo runs into his other friend, Ice Cream Monster. Ice Cream Monster wants to learn how to say "BOO" but ends up saying "EEK" instead. Squiggle hears the "EEK" and thinks Johnny Boo is in trouble, so he swoops in to save the day now that he has his very own Twinkle Power. You just can't help smiling while you read it. It is perfect for young children, especially those learning how to read because the text is simple and repetitive. The graphics are very expressive, even in their simplicity. After you read this, I dare you not to be wiggly!

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