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Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Gr 2-5-The second volume of the "Stinky Cecil" series begins calmly enough, with Cecil the toad lounging on the banks of his beloved pond on a perfect summer's day. But before he can begin working on his tan, he's nabbed by kids who can't wait to put him in their classroom terrarium. While Cecil tries to acclimate to his new environment, his pond buddies attempt a rescue mission in a tiny helicopter. This fast-paced adventure will draw in young readers, with new addition Nesbit Chameleon lending even more humor to Cecil's merry band of pals. Simple lines and vibrant cartoon illustrations further add to the book's appeal. But what really sets the story apart is Braddock's deft placement of scientific facts throughout her tale: readers will devour fascinating info about the chameleon and garter snake (for example, did you know that garter snakes use their tongues to smell?) and even learn how to build a terrarium. VERDICT A good continuation of a successful series that will appeal to elementary-age readers (and their teachers).-Laura Lintz, Henrietta Public Library, Rochester, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"There's plenty of fhumor, and Braddock continues to cleverly weave science tidbits into the story, so young readers will truly devour this adventure...Bonus points for the science. As for my son...he loved the title. He had plenty of questions along the way, hoping to get a better grasp of some of the science aspects of the story." (Esther Keller, School Library Journal's "Good Comics for Kids" Blog)
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This time around, the pond is safe, but Cecil is not. He gets taken by a couple children on a field trip and winds up in a terrarium in their classroom. A rescue attempt by Cecil's friends Jeremy, Ray Ray and Jeff. Reggie would help, but he died again (he's always doing that). Meanwhile, Cecil is making friends in his new living space with a chameleon named Nesbit. Will he get rescued or will Nesbit drive him crazy?
It's the perfect graphic novel for young readers. It's got bright colors, funny characters and a pretty good story. There are some running jokes that are pretty good and some cute surprises along the way. Poor Reggie even manages to come back in at some point. I liked this one about as much as the first volume. It's a fun series, and I'll definitely be on the lookout for future volumes.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
This graphic novel (think comic book style across pages) is great for older kids who are just getting into the style, but also appropriate for younger kids as well. My five-year-old loved the book, and I appreciated some of the animal facts peppered throughout, ignoring the whole inaccuracies of animals commandeering helicopters and whatnot.
The characters in the STINKY CECIL book are fun and the dialogue is witty. Paige Braddock did a great job writing a book that can appeal to such a wide audience. My daughter has asked for more graphic novels like this one, and I am happy to oblige. While such books aren’t really my thing, I am happy to see her so excited. Our local library has the earlier STINKY CECIL book, and we plan to get it in the next few days.
While not my favorite book, STINKY CECIL IN TERRARIUM TERROR is a good story with good illustrations. Nothing spectacular, but definitely worth reading.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received an advanced (pre-publication) electronic review copy of STINKY CECIL IN TERRARIUM TERROR from the publisher.
Why I picked it up: I enjoyed the first book so much, I was eager to read about the further adventures of Cecil and his pals.
Why I finished it: This story is part comedy, part environmental tale. The story begins with Cecil rescuing a fellow pond dweller from a rogue water bottle tossed out of a car by a careless litterbug. It's one of many subtle moments throughout the book where Braddock is making commentary about how humans care for the world around them. Knowing and understanding animals and their environments can help make sure that the natural habitats we find so visually stimulating can be enjoyed for many more years to come. I sympathized with Cecil and his struggle with Nesbit the chameleon: we can see that the chameleon admires Cecil and wants to be around him, but readers can also sense the tension in the terrarium. Personally, I think the disembodied garter snake is the one suffering the most.... The rescue attempt by Cecil's friends adds a sort of fantasy aspect to the story. It's somewhat improbable that a remote controlled helicopter could operate without the remote, nor do I think the toy came with headsets, but it's fun, funny, and imaginative. There's some cool bonus pages at the end of the book about the new characters/creatures we meet in the story and a how-to about building your own terrarium. Braddock studied for a while under the great Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts comics) and his influence on her art can be seen in the designs for the human characters. Braddock's attention to detail helps truly bring the characters and their environment to life. It's a fresh, funny scientific adventure that will engage readers of all ages.
There’s a harsh reminder—probably sad for the first time—of a fly’s five-day lifespan, but his heart will live on. . . I mean his soul. A gerbil-piloted helicopter is indeed faster than a turtle; everyone gets their own cute little headsets. And for a smart toad, Cecil can’t even handle an apple.
The artwork is fine, and there’s an educational appendix. Fun for adults as well as children.