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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Mal and Chad (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (May 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stephen McCranie lives in New Mexico. Mal and Chad was first created for Stephen's college newspaper.

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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!

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The books are set up comic book style.
grandma nickie
This is one of the bestest graphic novels for upper middle grade students (3rd-5th) that I've ever read.
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It was the "funniest book I've ever read".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S on August 10, 2011
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Mal and Chad is a fantastic graphic novel, perfectly geared for the second-fourth grade set. One of the things about this graphic novel that really appealed to me was that Mal isn't a trouble maker, or a talking pickle, or a Pokemon, but instead feels more like an authentic, genuine, kid (though of course one with super intelligence and a talking dog, think Jimmy Neutron). The issues he faces, including the assignment that drive this book, are ones students can easily understand, relate to, and enjoy reading about. My only complaint is that the illustrations are in black and white, but you only notice the color's absence on the first few pages.

This is a great book to get on your shelves, and into the hands of any reluctant reader, or a student that needs to be forcefully removed from the Wimpy Kid series (we all know those). Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on May 12, 2011
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Imagine "Dexter's Laboratory," "Jimmy Neutron," and a dash of "Calvin & Hobbes" and you've got a pretty good idea of what "Mal and Chad" is like. And please don't take that as me saying that Stephen has co-opted these other guys for his own, no no...Mal and Chad is unique in it's own way. Mal and Chad started off as a webcomic and sadly Stephen is no longer continuing it. The good news though? You can still read the archives and he's working on the next book in the series. And that is an excellent thing.

Mal is a supergenius, pure and simple. But he doesn't want to let the rest of the world know what he can do, because he doesn't want to have to be an adult just yet. So he hides his genius, even from the bully/"braniac" of the class who routinely implies Mal isn't smart and Mal hides his intelligence from him Mom and the girl he likes, Megan, as well. The only one that knows of Mal's genius is his best pal Chad...a dog gifted with intelligence and a voice thanks to Mal's genius. This book follows Mal and Chad on their first adventure together, as Mal explores what he wants to be when he grows up. And along the way they explore deep sea diving, aliens, dinosaurs, and just maybe Mal and Megan get to know each other a little bit better as well. And at the end Mal does learns something even more important about himself.

This is a fantastic read, regardless of age. Even though Mal is a supergenius, he's one that we can all relate to. When he invents something he isn't using out of the world materials, but common everyday objects, such as old vacuum cleaner and a broken down elevator. And who among us can't relate?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chrissy on June 28, 2011
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My son, just 7, was the first person to check this out from our library this week. He was completely enthralled. It was the "funniest book I've ever read". I looked over the book and found it had a lot to offer him. The vocabulary is fairly simple for 2-3rd grade reading level. It was a good story with high interest with lots of "action", but still appropriate for this age (not violent or gross). There were a few difficult vocabulary words that are well supported by the text and repeated in the stories, so that he will actually learn them. We are very pleased and were hoping there were more to BUY - This is a keeper, and a perfect gift or vacation read for a great 1st grade reader and many grades beyond!
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My 8 year old son loved these! Bought many more for birthday presents and they were a hit!
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My 10 year old son enjoyed this story about a time machine. Fun, easy reading. He would like more of them. :)
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I like it when graphic novels manage to match content with reading levels.

This is the first book in I the Mal and Chad series, and they are a good one if you are looking for a graphic novel,set for your 6-9 year old. Mal is a scientist and has the ability to make amazing inventions. Chad is his dog and best friend. This book has a minor amount of bullying in it, but it does to develop into a full plot line.
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If "bestest" was a real word, I would totally use it in my review. This is one of the bestest graphic novels for upper middle grade students (3rd-5th) that I've ever read. I will absolutely share it with my 4th graders!

Author Stephen McCranie brilliantly captures the highs and lows of being a 4th grade boy genius. Mal and his beloved talking dog Chad have some excellent adventures together. These adventures range from time-travel, baby dinosaur befriending, sink scuba diving, and more!

As a fourth grade teacher I heard about this book from another teacher, and then knew I HAD to read it after one of my reluctant readers enthusiastically recommended it to me! I'm hooked, off to go buy the next two books to read myself, then to share with my students!

Keep up the excellent work!
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By grandma nickie on November 9, 2013
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I bought this book along with the other two in the series. These books are great for my grandson who is going into the third grade and is a very reluctant reader. The books are set up comic book style. I like these books because the pictures are large and clear. The characters (mainly a boy and his dog) are well developed, as they would be in a conventional style book. The problems presented in one chapter are linked into the next, so the story flows at it would in a chapter book. There are several multisyllabic words, presenting some needed challenge in a highly motivating format. There is no offensive language. The humor is tasteful, not offensive. The book ends with a life lesson: teaching that it is more important to decide what kind of person you want to be when you grow up, than what job you will do.
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