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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: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,114 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.
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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
Format: Paperback
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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Format: Paperback
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie is a graphic novel for children following the lives of a boy genius and his talking dog. On the surface, the child is like any other student with problems at school, his first crush on a girl, and chores at home. However he's also building a time machine and rocket ship so his life is anything but normal. This fast-paced book is perfect for reluctant readers.

Elementary-aged children will be drawn in by the simple line drawings and goofy situations. The topics and language is age-appropriate. However the all CAPS writing might be a problem for beginning readers, but older children will fly through the comic.

Like many popular books for kids, the author had a website http://malandchad.com/ that provides background information, downloads, gallery pictures, and a blog. Kids who enjoy the book can read an online comic strip.

I'm ready for the next book in this exciting new series for kids!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I don't write reviews often but I had to for this book. I bought this book at Con Jiikan as a gift for my youngest. My little guy is a difficult fellow, he has a pervasive developmental delay that mainly affects his emotional/social maturity. He is quite a proficient reader but doesn't have the maturity yet for unillustrated books. It's always a challenge trying to find books he will enjoy and still stretch his mind.

Needless to say I am so very happy we found these books. They make him laugh and have sparked his imagination. He especially loves how the characters are drawn and facial expressions they make. Mr. McCranie also has a way with sound effects :-) and I love the sense of wonder he gives to Mal and Chad as they go on their adventures. I hope that there will be many more adventures for Mal and Chad.
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