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Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian, Michael Rex

Label
Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian
Title
Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian
Title number
1
Statement of responsibility
Michael Rex
Title variation
Third-grade barbarian
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eastwood Elementary's new student is nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world! And he's been charged with the task of keeping a deadly weapon from Skullbania's vilest villain, Venomous Drool. Can Fangbone's new classmates team up to help him triumph over hound-snakes, lava-ferrets, and his first pop quiz?
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Review
  • Grades 2-4 With all the stir that your average boy wizard kicks up when he hits the classrooms, it’s about time a school-age barbarian came along. And this one comes along like gangbusters, transported to our world as the guardian of an evil overlord’s big toe. The pint-size Conan befriends Bill, one of the losers from room 3G; encounters the sorcery of flushing toilets; convinces classmates that the sun is actually a flaming eyeball; battles monstrous invaders; and, naturally, helps his new friend go head-to-head with the school bully on the dodgeball field. Rex (Goodnight Goon, 2008) finds rollicking opportunities in this scenario, plumbing both third-grade humor (including the mother of all nose-picking jokes) and insecurities to fine narrative effect. This first in a new series makes a bizarrely appropriate companion piece for the ever-popular Babymouse series, with its lightning pace and absurd but heartfelt story. The blocky figures and zany action are fit—also like Babymouse—into a mainly monochromatic palette: in this case, a savagely barbaric . . . orange? -- Karp, Jesse (Reviewed 04-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 16, p51)
  • Gr 2 – 4 — Residing in roughly the same territory as Dav Pilkey's recent gross-out graphic novel, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk (Scholastic, 2010), Fangbone! is the goofy first installment in a series that will likely be a hit with reluctant readers. In Fangbone's homeland of Skullbania, supporters of evil Venomous Drool are poised to take over. All they have to do is piece together all the body parts of their ruler. To keep this from happening, the young barbarian is sent to our dimension with Drool's big toe—the final piece of the puzzle. Along the way, Fangbone enters third grade, learns about our world, builds an army, and fights off a variety of monsters sent from Skullbania to retrieve the toe. The humor is nonstop—sometimes sly, other times, just corny. The panel layout and basic cartoon illustrations are simple and clear. The orange and brown color scheme is a bold choice that isn't traditionally appealing, but suits the book well and certainly sets it apart. An entertaining mix that will find many eager boy readers, Fangbone! should receive a warm welcome in any collection.—Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MI --Travis Jonker (Reviewed March 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 03, p190)
  • Flat, primitive art in yellow and gray brings to mind “what if the Wimpy Kid was instead Conan’s kid?” The book’s not attractive, but it is easy to read and very expressive. It looks like something a classmate might have scribbled on notebook paper and passed around, providing a sense of “I could do this!” The familiar plot sends the young Fangbone, normally picked on by the bigger warriors, on a mystical quest that, if successful, will reward the clan with victory against the enemy army. The young fighter is surprised to find that his mission involves blending in at an elementary school, which leads to much culture-clash humor. It’s cute, funny, and will win over most readers with its commitment to its premise. It’s even heartwarming, as Bill (Fangbone’s friend, previously thought to be a loser) learns confidence, and Fangbone gains an appreciation for teamwork during a dodgeball-like game. The modern touches—such as hot wings and Bill’s ADD medicine—ground the book, while jabs at school philosophy through the character of the goofy principal will entertain adult readers. Ages 7–9. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 7, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 45, p)
  • A lackluster graphic-novel offering for the young-male reading set, full of gross-outs, slapstick humor and out-of-this world adventures. In the far-away world of Skullbania, fledgling barbarian Fangbone has to suffer the injustices of being little: He gets no respect, no one listens to him and the elders mock him with humiliating requests ("Pick the spider eggs out of my armpit!"). When he volunteers to guard the Big Toe of the detested overlord Drool, he is sent with it to the safety of our world by a powerful Skullbanian sorcerer. Fangbone ends up in class 3G, an unfortunate and uncoordinated motley crew who desperately needs help to win their upcoming beanball tournament (it's "like dodgeball, but the balls are smaller and you throw harder"). Fangbone--who has a wickedly advantageous barbarian throwing arm--needs an army, and the two groups find each other to be extremely beneficial. The illustrations are done in a drab yellow and gray palette and wind their jaundiced way through this predictable plot distinguished by expected formulaic silliness. This series opener offers little novelty--readers will have seen similar tropes explored in Captain Underpants or Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady series. The expected blend of boogers, barbarian battles and beanballs may hold some appeal for young boys seeking hijinks over highbrow literature. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10044556
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rex, Michael
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 310
  • 7 - 9 years
  • GN490L
  • Decoding demand: 73 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 97 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 47 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 85 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.7.R32875
LC item number
Fan 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
Reading level
2.2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Extraterrestrial beings
  • Schools
  • Cartoons and comics
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian, Michael Rex
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
V. 1. Fangbone! third-grade barbarian -- v. 3. The birthday party of dread
Control code
846598
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
120 pages
Isbn
9780399255212
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2010931550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399255212
  • (OCoLC)646111881
Label
Fangbone!, third-grade barbarian, Michael Rex
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
V. 1. Fangbone! third-grade barbarian -- v. 3. The birthday party of dread
Control code
846598
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
120 pages
Isbn
9780399255212
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2010931550
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399255212
  • (OCoLC)646111881

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