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Belly Flop!: Book 3 (Mal and Chad) Paperback – December 6, 2012

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Book 3 of 3 in the Mal and Chad Series

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-7-Once again, Mal is trying his hardest to impress Megan, and hilarity ensues. Invited to her birthday party by her dad, he does his best to stand out, but only gets teased. So, when the school talent show is announced, he uses that opportunity to try once again. Unfortunately, they get trapped in a freak snowstorm created by Mal's weather machine. Realizing that Chad may be in danger from the storm, Mal sneaks out to save his best friend. Megan, overhearing the situation, decides to follow and help. But when giant hail comes crashing down, the danger increases. Interestingly creative, yet simple to follow, the plot twists make this a great read for new and seasoned graphic-novel fans. The situations are funny and the adventures are fast paced. Mal may be a genius, but he is still a kid with insecurities and problems. Chad is the best friend that everyone wants; a dog that loves him unconditionally. Simple, clean, black-and-white drawings have action and expression. Kids will love this one.-Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Mal is a child prodigy who routinely invents physics-defying inventions like mind-reading hats, molecule reorganizers, and weather-control machines, all of which usually send him and his erstwhile canine companion, Chad, on whirlwind adventures. This adventure clocks in with a cracking pace that still has room for a deeper sense of Mal’s childhood yearning and tribulations, some smart gender-role-defying characterizations, and an emotionally satisfying end. McCranie, always adept at the soft-edged visual charm that makes his characters so engaging, this time ratchets things up with several dramatic splash pages and some truly striking visual ideas. Grades 2-5. --Jesse Karp
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Mal and Chad (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039925658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256585
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stephen McCranie is the writer and illustrator for the Mal and Chad all-ages graphic novel series. Stephen grew up drawing comics from an early age. He eventually earned a Fine Arts degree at the University of New Mexico. Stephen originally created Mal and Chad as a comic strip for the UNM school newspaper. You can read this strip in its entirety as well as find other fun stuff, at www.malandchad.com!

Customer Reviews

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Stephen McCranie knocks it out of the park again with his latest graphic novel! This is the perfect series of novels for the middle grades. Stephen brings to life a boy genius and his talking dog with his humorous writing and bold drawings.

It is hard not to relate to Mal even as as adult as Stephen brings us through a journey so many of us have experienced in school. The tales of bullies, first loves, homework, and being grounded for misbehavior. Mal has a great imagination that is not limited by his superior intelligence. He builds all types of inventions to try to solve the problems he faces, but rarely does everything go the way he wants, especially when it comes to love. Chad is the perfect sidekick as the voice of reason and faithful companion to Mal.

I enjoyed thoroughly reading this novel with my middle school students grades 5-6. They loved the humor and could not wait to hear what Mal would do next. I work with students who struggle with reading, but this novel was one that has inspired them to pick up books more often, especially graphic novels.

I would recommend this book to any late elementary or middle school reader. It is perfect for reluctant readers as it engages and entertains without being overwhelming.

I can't wait to see what Stephen comes up with next! He has built a fan club at a small rural middle school in Minnesota for sure!
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We love Mal and Chad. I wish it was in color on the inside. Other GNs like "Zita" and "Sidekicks" are a lot more fun for my younger boys to look at and enjoy.

Also, I wish there wasn't as much "school drama" in there -- Mal's obsession with a girl that doesn't think he's cool enough, and unkind school kids.

Still we have read all in the series and enjoyed them all.
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I love all the Mal and Chad books. This one is my second favorite in the series, but all the books are great. It's hard to go wrong with a boy scientist and his talking dog. Stephen McCranie's illustrations aren't anything to shake a stick at either, they jam pack every page with action giving the book a great flow. If you haven't read this already, read it. What are you waiting?
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I haven't read this book completely, as it was a gift for my daughter. But she loves it - and loves Mal and Chad. It seems to be just the right level of adventure and silliness to capture her attention. She typically reads these right through.
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Very nice quality book for a paperback. My son loves these books so much he wanted his own, not just borrowing it from the school library. These are great books, especially if you are trying to get your son more willing to read!
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My 6-year-old daughter LOVES Mal and Chad. She got this for her birthday, and she flipped it open and was delighted to see Megan again! She loves these books, and I love that she has discovered the joy of reading.
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I think Mal and Chad Belly Flop was a fun comic book that inspires the author's readers to read more of her books.

_ Thank you for writing such great books
Love Devon Michaelson.
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