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Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! Paperback – May 12, 2011
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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!
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?Read more ›
I was turned off within the first few pages. The boy gets *spanked* because the dog lost his backpack. This all came about because the boy was trying to avoid riding the bus as he was being bullied--something a child should not have to deal with alone if it is that bad (especially these days where bullied children have already taken matters too far into their hands).
In the first few pages, this book already has the over-normalized view of "parent versus child" that is way too common in US literature and television shows--and something I think partially contributes to the rift between generations in our country. As a parent, I don't want books like that in my house as I have a young daughter who I want to keep communication open with into her adulthood.
That aside, I find the characters to be contrived and boring...and not really very likeable. And it comes off as a Calvin and Hobbes rip-off. Even the illustration style looks a bit too much like Bill Watterson's work. If you are looking for something that runs along the same lines (that is whimsical, clever, funny *and* original), I suggest the "Heavenly Nostrils" books as well as "Ozy and Millie" by DC Simpson. For great boy genius stories, the Artemis Fowl series is also excellent. There is also a wonderful adventure comic called "Zita the Space Girl" that is full of whimsy and adventure.
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amazing book one of the best loved it u should get it peace out peepsPublished 5 months ago by Anonymous
This is like Calvin and Hobbes! There is one difference Calvin is not smart when Mal is super smart.
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie is a graphic novel for children following the lives of a boy genius and his talking dog. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Annette Lamb
This is a great book that we've enjoyed reading to our son. My only complaint is that a few pages fell out of the binding while we were reading, so the printer could probably use a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by L. Hochberg
My son really enjoyed reading this! He is 7 and found it very entertaining.Published 23 months ago by AMB
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by LeAnne
Our 8 year old son loves the Mal and Chad books!
He did his summer reading book report on this story.
Great we had to read this for our summer reading. it was our first exposure to a graphic novel.Published on September 10, 2014 by Catherine Rolon