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The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) Paperback – December 27, 2016
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Gr 2–4—Be prepared to hear laughter, and lots of it, as students plunge into this graphic novel hybrid. The story opens with Mr. Wolf speaking directly to the audience. Despite his "big, pointy teeth," his "razor-sharp claws," and his suspicious rap sheet filled with familiar "Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood" references, he implores readers to believe he is not a bad guy. Mr. Wolf is on a quest to persuade his carnivorous friends to be part of the Good Guys Club. Their first mission is to rescue a cat from a tree, and even though his friends think Mr. Wolf has lost his mind, they agree to help. Illustrations exaggerate the animals' sharp teeth and wide smiles as they stare up at the terrified kitty. After a few bumps in the plan (namely, Mr. Snake eating Mr. Piranha), an accidental success ensues and they move on to their grand plan of freeing 200 dogs from the pound. Expressive illustrations and typography will captivate budding readers' attention and aid in comprehension. Witty and slapstick humor coupled with menacing animal faces on a bright orange cover ensures this book will appeal to a wide audience. VERDICT Reminiscent of Aaron Reynolds's Carnivores and Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, this humorous title is highly recommended for all libraries.—Beth Parmer, New Albany Elementary Library, OH
* "[T]his book instantly joins the classic ranks of Captain Underpants and The Stinky Cheese Man. We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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The words and vocabulary are easy to read and he loves the premise of these "bad guys" trying to be good. And of course a little bit of crude (e.g passing gas) humor also added to the merriment.
I will definitely be buying more of these. True, it's not fine literature, but he's enjoying reading and that to me is what matters.
They were both excited to start the books. One turned to me after opening the present and said “you want me to read a chapter book?!”
Fast forward to reading at home with some help from mom. Turns out they both love these books! The books are pretty thick and worth the price. Will definitely be purchasing the rest of the series.
Will even be passing the book onto my nine year old nephew who has dyslexia and is just learning to read- the pages and text are not too overwhelming and will update my review with his experience of the book.
I see some of the lower star reviews saying “fart humor” is bad- the book is about being able to change yourself to be a better person. Did these people read the book? Or are they so offended that a fart joke does it for them now? This book was written for kids- and kids tend to find fart jokes funny- it’s a phase we all go through.
Would recommend for kids who are transitioning to chapter books, who love to read, who love to laugh, or if you’re looking for a nighttime book to read with your kiddos.
Can you imagine a shark, a crazy snake, a wolf and a piranha saving the lives of 10,000 chickens? That's just what happens in the book The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. A group of four carnivores decides to change its image. They don't want people to think they are BAD. So, they rescue a cat stuck on a tree, give a freedom to 200 frightened dogs from the dog pound and 10,000 chickens locked on the farm. But not everybody likes their good deeds. Will they survive from the evil plans of the chicken farm owner, Mr. Marmalade, and save the world from apocalypse? With its simple hilarious illustrations and easy to read language this book will make laugh hysterically all 5-7 year old kids who love comic books and fantasy. And they will ask for more books.