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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Green and Get the Giggles!
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...
Published on February 6, 2012 by Little Willow

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Middle School Teacher's Review
Ace and Bub, The Flying Beaver Brothers, are back for another graphic novel adventure. This time they are pitted against a corporation, Fish Sticks Environmental Manufacturing. When the brothers literally fall into the path of the company, they uncover information about this allegedly eco-friendly business that reveals...it's evil. Luckily, the brothers are clever and...
Published on February 23, 2012 by M. Kelly


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3.0 out of 5 stars A Middle School Teacher's Review, February 23, 2012
Ace and Bub, The Flying Beaver Brothers, are back for another graphic novel adventure. This time they are pitted against a corporation, Fish Sticks Environmental Manufacturing. When the brothers literally fall into the path of the company, they uncover information about this allegedly eco-friendly business that reveals...it's evil. Luckily, the brothers are clever and athletic, skills that will help them in their quest to defeat the bad guys.

While the first book in the series was not overtly environmental, this book takes more of an activist approach. Author Maxwell Eaton's choice to make green the main color of this book ties in nicely with the theme. The illustrations remain as cute as in the original and I hope that they make plush Beaver Brothers toys some day.

The reading level of The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business seemed to be much higher than the first in the series. I read both books over the course of two days with a low-level ESOL student. He struggled a lot with the more complex vocabulary and heavier emphasis on text in this book. Hopefully readers who have gotten hooked on the series will not be frustrated by a more challenging reading experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Green and Get the Giggles!, February 6, 2012
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), up-to-no-good fishes, and other baddies, the beavers somehow always sort things out - a little intentionally (usually Ace), a little accidentally (usually Bub).

If you like the Babymouse series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, you'll like The Flying Beaver Brothers. Similar to the Holms' style, Eaton uses only three colors for his illustrations here: black, white, and one bold accent color. The contrast is not only eye-catching, but also effective, as the accent color is specific to the tone of each volume. He employs bright green for volume 2, showcasing the forest and the fishes' (false) efforts to "go green."

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. I loved the scene in book #2 when Bob consults his spatula, whom he named Cynthia earlier in the story. This scene made me laugh out loud, and it included a dialogue-free reaction panel as I mentioned earlier, a classic sitcom beat.

I really hope there are otters in a future installment, and that they are on the side of good, not evil. Maybe they could be Ace and Bub's long-lost cousins...? In any event, I'll definitely be checking it out.

I recommend this series to ages 8 and up; to families with young kids; and to reluctant readers in elementary school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My 7 & 9 year old boys enjoyed this, January 18, 2012
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My boys are way into graphic novels but it's hard to find age appropriate ones. I bought it for the seven year old, but big brother ended up stealing it at bedtime. They've now both finished and are clamoring for number two. It even had me laughing. "I'm Bob, and this is my associate, Bob." It was worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 2nd grade son loves these books, August 2, 2013
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My son loves all 4 of these books - I just hope the author publishes more soon! They are cartoon or comic type books, my son has never been into this type of thing, but after reading one at the library chose to spend his own allowance on buying these books. He reads them over and over and picks up on the humor more and more.
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The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Fishy Business by Maxwell Eaton (Library Binding - January 10, 2012)
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