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New York Times:
"An energetic, good-hearted escapade, one that young readers will enjoy."

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:
* "Hilarious. If ever a new series deserved to go viral, this one does."
 
The Bulletin:
"A perfect mix of writing that is simple enough for early readers but still remarkably snarky, clever, and entertaining. Kids will soak up the humor, tidbits of science instruction, and adventure."

About the Author

Brother-and-sister team MATTHEW "InkBoy" HOLM and JENNIFER "WriterGirl" HOLM are the dashing duo behind the award-winning Babymouse series. In addition to fighting the forces of evil, Jennifer is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed novels, including three Newbery Honor winners, Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven and Turtle in Paradise. Matthew Holm is a graphic designer and freelance writer.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Squish (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375843892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on June 5, 2011
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It's hard to find appropriate graphic novels for younger readers so at some point we've sampled all the series. Squish was a solid hit. Since both girls hate Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! I wasn't sure they'd enjoy Squish. Both of them have read it more than once and asked for the sequel. There is a small amount of science, enough to be accurate but not enough to feel like a lesson. It's got a good feel for the gross factor as well, enough for the occasional eww but enough to really bother anyone. The characters are simple to understand and follow. Squish is a good choice for kids 7 and up, with only a few words needing a parental assist for the 7 year old.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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Jennifer L. Holm, <strong>Squish, Super Amoeba, vol. 1</strong> (Random House, 2011)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

Cute science-oriented cartoon about Squish and his pals (various types of microorganisms) and the highjinks they get up to--all of which are, of course, based on the traits of the particular microorganism involved, as much as possible. This is an intro volume, of course, where we get to know the characters, but there's also a plot (school bully Lywood wants to eat Squish's friend Peggy, who's oblivious enough to let it happen). A fun read for middle-graders, especially those who will enjoy the automatic gross-out factor that comes from anthropomorphic microorganisms. I'll definitely be picking up the next volume in the series. ****
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2011
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I ordered 'Squish #1: Super Amoeba' with the intention of reading it to my children. I made it halfway through one night, but was not able to read the following night. My kids couldn't wait, so my son read the final portion to his little sister, though she could have read it as well (he's 11 and she'll be 7 soon). I finished the book a few nights later. The story was simple yet engaging. All of the characters have well defined personalities and that they stick to throughout the book. Squish also has some educational tidbits that I appreciated. The illustrations are adequate and fit the subject matter - the way the early Simpsons and South Park aren't perfect, but still work. Most of the imagery is in black and white, with two shades of lime green as accents.

Sister and brother team Jennifer and Matthew Holm are responsible for this new series. They are best known for their popular Babymouse books, the first of which I picked up because of Squish. Their young age shows in the writing/illustration, but they are clever and don't talk down to the reader. The story also delivers the moral of courage without being preachy. The one possible negative is that once my kids read Squish, they haven't picked it up since. My son and daughter will often read the same book 2 or 3 times in one week. My suggestion is to see how interesting they find it at a book store (or library) before purchasing a copy.

~ Kort
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Boudreau VINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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Squish is an amoeba working his way through elementary school. He deals with friends, bullies, sibblings, teachers, and parents. It is mostly harmless and light and throws in a very small amount of science references. There is little chance of kids learning any science from this book other than what an amoeba is.

Squish is in comic book style, so there it is filled with pictures and short on words. My under-10 son isn't into this style, and I certainly don't plan on pushing him into it. I'd rather have him reading a book with pictures than looking at pictures with a few words thrown in.

Overall, he enjoyed the book (in two sittings), but he has no interest in getting another Squish book or reading this one a second time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on June 2, 2011
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My nine-year-old boy-girl twins are big fans of Baby Mouse, the first graphic series by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. While reading the latest Baby Mouse, they encountered a section setting up the premise for "Squish." When the Squish book arrived, they devoured it. Squish is an amoeba who teams up with friends to save his paramecium friend Peggy from being eaten by the school bully (a large amoeba who was trying to "engulf" her). There was much giggling and recounting of funny parts, and both twins liked it very much. (When two nine-year-olds are racing to see who gets to read a book first, I'd say that's high praise indeed.) They were also interested in the experiment at the end, which shows how to grow mold on a piece of bread.

Getting kids to read + painlessly teaching them stuff about science = made of win. I hope we'll see plenty more Squish books in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on September 16, 2011
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I wasn't sure about this but I found it to be a really cute, amusing graphic novel. The kind you don't mind reading to your kid, or have your kid read to you. My son (age 7) also enjoyed it, didn't mind reading and it really enjoyed the pictures, er, I mean...graphics. He wasn skeptical at first, but warmed to it pretty easily. I would happily buy others in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2011
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"Squish, Super-Amoeba #1"
by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
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This quick-read comicbook is a spinoff of the "Baby Mouse" series, also written and drawn by Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Squish debuted in Baby Mouse #14, as Baby Mouse was procrastinating on a science project and looked into her microscope at an amoeba and discovered one that was just like her: a ditzy American kid who hates school and likes snack food. I'm not actually a big fan of the Baby Mouse series -- the school-hating vibe runs a little too deep in it for my tastes -- and "Squish" shares a lot of the same qualities: in this book school is a lame place where bad things happen, a trial to be endured, day after day, rather than a place of growth or discovery. Squish is a little more nuanced in that there are some science-based jokes added into the mix, stuff about paremeciums and slime molds that probably make more sense when you've had a few junior high bio classes. At any rate, take with a grain what I, as a cranky parent, say -- kids love these books, although I would argue they might not know better. It's an easy read, kind of junk-foody I guess, although most kids probably won't notice the funky aftertaste. If Amazon allowed fractional ratings, I'd say 3.5 stars would be about right, or maybe just three. (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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