Review Blog

Jun 14 2016

The furball strikes back by Aaron Blabey

cover image

The bad guys, episode 3. Scholastic, 2016. ISBN 9781760157265
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Animals, Adventure, Heroism.  Subtitled, The furball strikes back, readers who laughed their way through Episode 2 with the break in at the Sunnyside Chicken Farm, will know that the owner, Doctor Rupert Marmalade, will be wreaking revenge upon our heroes. Led by Mr Wolf, the three other friends, Mr Snake, Mr Piranha and Legs have gone along with his plans of shrugging off their bad guy images by doing good deeds. So far this has not gone well, but releasing the chickens from the Stalag type chicken farm has at least gained them a host of friends, if only of the chicken variety.
But Doctor Marmalade is out for revenge and tricks them into coming to his lair where he captures them and ties them up, not knowing that Mr Piranha is still outside.
Blabey's graphic novel style, giving the story in short easily digested chapters full of laugh out loud cartoon images, will have readers grabbing this book from the shelf. The pages are full of movement as the characters pit their strengths against those of Doctor Marmalade, and the various styles used by comic writers shine out. Pages change from whole page illustrations to those where three or four lines of pictures are used while different fonts and font sizes are used, and some faces peer out at the reader with an intimate gaze. It adds up to a wholly fascinating story which furthers the adventures of the four heroes to the great enjoyment of the readers.
And of course, Episode 4 is coming as zombie kittens make their presence felt.
Fran Knight

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals 2017 longlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2017
ALA awards 2017
Costa Children's Book Award 2016
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates