A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how scientific investigation can be used to answer questions (though the science is of the gizmo and gadget variety).
If you know someone's trying to do something wrong, you have a responsibility to take action. Science can be an effective approach to solving problems. Don't blindly follow leaders who've lost sight of the goal.
Positive Role Models
DanTDM is an eager, patient lab assistant and a brave warrior when he and his friends are in peril. He's compassionate and kind to Trayaurus, his dog, and the pigs he befriends. Trayaurus uses science to investigate anything he doesn't understand and to help solve problems, and DanTDM is an eager, patient helper. He's especially brave. Denton's assistant, Fin, is hardworking and loyal but stands up to his boss when he betrays their goals.
Violence & Scariness
Brief scenes of cartoon violence: Characters are struck by objects, one character suffers black eye in a fall, clone army battles the good guys and destroys a building.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal is a kid-friendly graphic novel by Minecraft-playing YouTube celebrity DanTDM (also known by his YouTube handle, the Diamond Minecart, and his real name, Daniel Middleton). The story riffs off DanTDM's popular Minecraft videos, featuring his character Dr. Trayaurus and his rival, Denton, who wants to take over the world. DanTDM is one of the most kid-friendly YouTubers, and his book steers clear of any possibly offensive content. There's a touch of cartoon violence. Readers unfamiliar with DanTDM's videos may want to check out his YouTube channel.
Is It Any Good?
Already one of the hottest Minecraft players on YouTube, DanTDM is expanding his storytelling empire with an amusing -- though conventional -- tale featuring familiar characters from his videos. DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal is a classic good-vs.-evil tale, complete with sidekicks, gadgets, and an evil lair.
DanTDM's cheery persona makes the jump offscreen largely intact and livens up the pedestrian plot. The graphic novel format isn't always used well -- the action is sometimes hard to follow, and several sequences pad pages without moving the plot along. DanTDM's fans probably won't mind, however. They'll especially enjoy seeing favorite elements from his YouTube videos carried over here, including plentiful pigs and his skeleton dog, Grim. A two-page spread introduces the characters to the uninitiated.
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