Book review: The Bad Guys: Episode 1, by Aaron Blabey

Blabey, Aaron. The Bad Guys: Episode 1. Scholastic, 2017. $5.99. 138p. ISBN 978-0-545-91240-1. Ages 7-10. P9Q8

The Big Bad Wolf doesn’t want to be “bad” so he puts together “The Good Guys Club” with Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, and Mr. Shark. Unfortunately, the team doesn’t always conform to the “good,” especially when one of the group eats another, but the slapstick adventure with exaggerated print fonts and black and white graphics show their success in rescuing a kitten caught high in a tree. The Australian import already has three sequels ready to come to the United States.

Verdict: Young readers will delight in the simplicity and twists as the four characters of this graphic novel try to overcome their fearsome natures.

April 2017 review by Nel Ward.


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