A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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Positive Role Models
Patient, persistent heroes don't shrink from danger. Friends are supportive and understanding; they still love a classmate who runs away to the rival school. Students have faith in their teachers, despite their eccentricity.
Violence & Scariness
Abundant and silly cartoon violence. Students are in deadly peril in classes such as Sharp and Pointy and Fight; they fear their headmaster might actually kill them. One character appears to disintegrate, but it isn't clear if he's dead. Cuts and other injuries are treated lightly and don't seem serious. A ninja group deploys missiles, explosives, and other weapons.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Mooned: Joey & Johnny, the Ninjas, Book 1 kicks off a funny, frenetically paced series. Spot illustrations and intermittent comic-strip sequences add to the appeal, especially for graphic novel fans. The violence -- and there's a lot of it -- is over-the-top ridiculous: daily battles with a venomous mountain-dwelling octopus, school lunch turned into a contact sport, a class focused on wielding and avoiding all things sharp and pointy. The octopus’ venom causes victims to behave similarly to someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs; they speak nonsense, appear to hallucinate, and ultimately pass out.
Is It Any Good?
Joey and Johnny hurtle from one amped-up adventure to the next in a lively world filled with ninjas, superheroes, con men, and shadowy villains. The silliness is sometimes crammed to overflowing.
The plot of GET MOONED unspools loosely, with meandering asides on pop culture or the astral plane. There's hardly a line of dialogue or a descriptive sentence that doesn't aim for a chuckle. But most of those chuckles are well-earned with engaging wordplay and clever writing. Comics panels and spot illustrations add to the fun and help draw readers, even reluctant ones, in.
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