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Squish #1: Super Amoeba Paperback – May 10, 2011
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"An energetic, good-hearted escapade, one that young readers will enjoy."
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* "Hilarious. If ever a new series deserved to go viral, this one does."
"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."
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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. ****
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.
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.
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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Another book my son enjoyed. He's already asking for the next one. I just wish they were a bit longer.Published 14 months ago by Kellie L Eckerson
I think it was wonderful for my childrens imaginations. And even I coudn't work with my sister or my brother it would be impossible .Published 14 months ago by J. Herndon
The one female character is a flighty chattering idiot. I don't like jumping around the page for disjointed snippets of text and my early elementary daughter didn't really enjoy it... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. A. Eremic
My child could not put this book down. She is a second grade girl who loves this authors Babymouse series. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Lisa Scherber