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A group of evil penguins steals Ace’s surfboard just before the big surfing competition. Together with his brother, Bub, the beaver must not only rescue his surfboard but also stop the penguins from hatching an evil plan and destroying the whole island. The first title in Eaton’s new series makes excellent use of deceptively simple art and snappy sound effects; in the opening sequence, readers will almost be able to feel the wind whistling past. Young readers will love the cartoonish characters, rendered in a three-color palette that is popular in Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm’s Babymouse and Squish graphic novels. They’ll also enjoy the silly puns and the wacky visual humor, such as how the penguin’s submarine resembles a refrigerator. With more action than dialogue, this is an especially good pick for reluctant readers. The environmental message is on the subtle side, but kids will be eager for more beaver action, so libraries should look for volume 2 (The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business), being released at the same time. Grades 2-4. --Snow Wildsmith

About the Author

MAXWELL EATON III is a fine arts graduate of St. Lawrence University. He is the author/illustrator of Two Dumb Ducks and the Max and Pinky series. He enjoys drawing, hiking, skiing, reading, taking roadtrips, and not getting haircuts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: The Flying Beaver Brothers
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375864474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375864476
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MAXWELL EATON III is the author and illustrator of a dozen books for children. He lives with his wife and two dogs in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. He has difficulty elaborating.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Kelly on February 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ace and Bub, also known as The Flying Beaver Brothers, are sports enthusiasts. They live a happy life on Beaver Island, surfing and napping, until they learn that evil penguins are planning to freeze the island. The penguins have headquarters in a giant sunken refrigerator and only they can stop them.

This first volume in the graphic novel series is fun and accessible. I read it with one of my ESOL students who has a very low English level, and he was able to have success with the book. Words like trophy, penguin, and competition were new to him at first, but the repetition and illustrations helped him master them quickly. Developing readers will feel the same sense of accomplishment. The pages have a good balance of text and illustrations, with some featuring wordless action.

Maxwell Eaton's illustrations are simple and endearing. The beavers are among the cutest characters I've seen and they are at their most adorable while swimming through tunnels underwater. Fans of the Lunch Lady series, Babymouse, and Squish will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Today, I was introduced to The Flying Beaver Brothers. These two fun-loving semi-aquatic rodents are the stars of Maxwell Eaton III's new graphic novel series. The first two volumes were released simultaneously, giving me instant gratification as I raced through the first book and immediately reached for the second.

From the get-go, it's obvious that Ace is the smarter brother, creating contraptions and inventions while his brother, Bub, gets distracted and takes naps. However, the pair work well together, and they are both always important to the plot and the solution. When dealing with evil penguins (who, for some reason, don't have eyeballs) as well as a big bully, the beaver brothers manage to sort things out - a little intentionally (usually Ace), a little accidentally (usually Bub).

Not all graphic novels fall into the read-aloud category, but this series would be fun to read with kids, letting different people play the roles of the different animals. The dialogue is silly and fast, and it's funny without ever being gross or rude. There are lots of giggles to be found in these pages, in these pictures and these words. Writer/illustrator Maxwell Eaton has great comic timing; he takes beats when he needs to, putting in panels without dialogue when needed and showing the characters' reactions and interactions clearly. Also, the character names are really fun to say. How often do you meet someone named Bub? Then there are the penguins, Bob and Bob, one of whom speaks perfect English while the other makes "Ka!" sounds.

I recommend this series to fans of the Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, you'll like The Flying Beaver Brothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on November 2, 2012
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Ace and Bub, the beaver brothers, are practicing for the surf competition when their board is stolen by a couple of penguins (or puffins). But when they go to get it back, they discover that the penguins are up to no good! Can they thwart the penguins and win the competition against bullying beaver Bruce?

Maxwell Eaton III's art is more detailed than that of Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm, although he uses a similar three-color scheme. Eaton is terrific at drawing action, which is good since there's a lot of it in THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE EVIL PENGUIN PLAN. In particular, there is one really cool two-page spread of the brothers swimming through a tunnel in the penguins' lair. (Hilariously, their submarine is a giant refrigerator.)

I felt sort of uneasy about the plot. The penguins are motivated by the loss of their home due to global warming. Now, obviously their plan isn't good for the beavers, but I felt weird about them being labeled "evil." This hang up is silly, I know, especially since Eaton does show that not all of the penguins are bad guys.

THE FLYING BEAVER BROTHERS AND THE EVIL PENGUIN plan is a cute, funny comic that will appeal to action fans and children who like animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By utopiachick on August 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
My 8 year old daughter, who prefers almost anything to reading, loves this series. We have taken the books in the series out from the library so many times that I finally decided to by the books. Wish they were sold as a set!
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Ace and Bub (the beaver brothers) have got big plans for the weekend. Ace is practicing for the Beaver Island Surfing Competition, and Bub is on a rigorous schedule of naps. But these plans come crashing down when a couple of evil penguins (or are they puffins?) steal Ace's surfboard. When Ace and Bub try to get it back they find a lot more than they bargained for. Hundreds of evil penguins building some sort of doomsday machine (known to some as a refrigerator...)! Will the beavers be able to stop the evil penguins' plans in time to save their island? Will Ace be able to beat his nemesis, Bruce, in the surfing competition? And is all of this going to cut into Bub's nap time?

This first book in the Beaver Brothers graphic novel series is a fantastic introduction to these two characters. Lots of laughs, lots of action. Lots of evil penguins!
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