A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Full of nonstop cartoon action, Mystery of the Map will appeal to reluctant readers. There's no explanation yet for how Vikings, dodos, and saber-toothed tigers coexist on a tropical isle.
Friends can work together to protect each other from dangerous foes.
Positive Role Models
Oliver, Mya, and Jorge stick up for each other when they are harassed by the Vikings and by Octavian. Mya is the most responsible of the bunch. Jorge is impulsive and always hungry. Oliver is brave and outgoing.
Violence & Scariness
A small amount of cartoonish violence. The kids struggle against Octavian and the Vikings with whatever makeshift weapons are handy: a broom, a loaf of bread. They're chased by Vikings shooting arrows and brandishing spears and maces.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mystery of the Map: Poptropica, Book 1 is the first volume in a series of graphic novels based on the popular gaming website Poptropica, created by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. Three kids find themselves on a mysterious tropical island and must fight off an aggressive band of Vikings in their search for a way home. Violence is suitably slapstick and cartoony, with no real sense of jeopardy. A great choice for reluctant readers.
Is It Any Good?
Colorful, funny, and fast-paced, this graphic novel spin-off from the popular gaming website will likely appeal to both hard-core fans and newcomers. MYSTERY OF THE MAP: POPTROPICA, BOOK 1 is a quick and easy read, with at least one joke or sight gag per page. The characters and their motivations are simple, but Oliver, Mya, and Jorge have plenty of personality, thanks to their jelly-bean faces and bubble eyes. Author Jack Chabert devises intriguing situations, and illustrator Kory Merritt choreographs the action with wit and flair. The story ends with lots of questions unanswered, leaving readers ready for further adventures.
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