Parents' Guide to

The Bad Guys Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Snappy dialogue and irreverent humor in fun graphic novels.

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age 6+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 4+

Crass but has some definite upsides

These books definitely have potty humor and if that offends you then these are not for you. My son is 4 and we randomly picked this up at the library. He loves that he can "read" the story so clearly because of the detailed pictures. I've even looked at other graphic novels but they're too complex in dialogue still. This is written at a lower level and easy to digest. We have discussed the insults and as I'm reading I'll point out that they're not being good friends. We also talk about how each character is feeling and how they react. The first few books were my personal favorite (before the butt monster) but we've checked out each one from the library. My son doesn't react to the poop or butts other than pointing them out. We just say "gross" and move on. Last thing, I recommended these to a friend who's son struggles with enjoying reading and entertaining new material. They have purchased all of the books as well. There are definitely some downsides and I think each parent can choose what they want their kid to read but I don't think the series is a write off.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 7+
The books are just fine but my mom loves it so much she's in the Indy 500 so that's why I'm leaving this review I hope you like the books too.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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These funny, irreverent books will hold young readers' attention and make them giggle. Don't look for serious messages about life and morality here. Look for -- and find -- engaging, age-appropriate humor, great illustrations, and a reminder that reading is fun. As graphic novels, the Bad Guys series has the flexibility to engage with readers on many levels, and it succeeds with both hilarious, fast-paced conversations between the animals and images that jump off the page. The few drawbacks -- that the constant bickering between friends could be a bit much for the youngest readers, and the only female around is a curvy secret agent Mr. Wolf is smitten with -- are overshadowed by the sheer joy these books bring to readers.

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