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Kraken Me Up



written and illustrated by
Jeffrey Ebbeler

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823450176
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JLG Category

Easy Reading

Izzie and her unusual pet make a big slash at the county fair in this punny easy reader comic from a beloved children’s book illustrator and comics artist.

Izzie can’t wait to debut her pet at the county fair. While the other children have brought pigs or chickens, Izzie brought a…Kraken!

Even though everyone thinks Kraken is big and frightening, he is not. He’s like Izzie, sweet and shy. Kraken and Izzie use creativity and humor to win over the crowd in this hilariously adorable comic. The variety of panel styles, speech bubbles, and fonts are all perfect for engaging developing readers.

I Like to Read Comics are created for kids just learning to read. Sequential art and simple text—and a powerful relationship between the two—are the perfect conditions for developing readers.Full-color illustrations were created digitally with Procreate. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

E

AR

1: points 0.5

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2021

Book Genres

Easy Reader, Graphic Novels

Topics

Kraken. Pets. Fairs and carnivals. Humorous stories. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Hilarity ensues and lessons are learned when a raincoat-clad girl enters a very unusual animal into the county fair pet show. While the other kids proudly show off their pigs and hens, Izzy's kraken, a fearsome-looking sea creature, is initially met with terror and rejection. But Izzy coaxes him into letting others get to know him ("Find a way to make them smile."). After an awkward ink-squirting mishap that explains why Izzy wears a raincoat, the gentle kraken takes her advice and wins over the audience with humor. Their newfound acceptance is threatened when the kraken suddenly coughs up a ship full of pirates lodged in his belly, but it turns out the seafarers are just happy to be free, and everyone goes on to enjoy the fair. The mixture of whimsy, wordplay, and genuine sweetness will appeal to adults and children alike, as will the affirming messages about kindness, individuality, and open-mindedness. Ebbeler's expressive, dynamic illustrations burst with energy. The prose is approachable for the target audience of early readers, with short sentences and simple vocabulary. Izzy has light brown skin, and characters of color are in attendance at the fair. VERDICT Izzy and her kraken are winners in any collection, especially where graphic novels for emerging readers are needed.-Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Lib., CA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-Hilarity ensues and lessons are learned when a raincoat-clad girl enters a very unusual animal into the county fair pet show. While the other kids proudly show off their pigs and hens, Izzy's kraken, a fearsome-looking sea creature, is initially met with terror and rejection. But Izzy coaxes him into letting others get to know him ("Find a way to make them smile."). After an awkward ink-squirting mishap that explains why Izzy wears a raincoat, the gentle kraken takes her advice and wins over the audience with humor. Their newfound acceptance is threatened when the kraken suddenly coughs up a ship full of pirates lodged in his belly, but it turns out the seafarers are just happy to be free, and everyone goes on to enjoy the fair. The mixture of whimsy, wordplay, and genuine sweetness will appeal to adults and children alike, as will the affirming messages about kindness, individuality, and open-mindedness. Ebbeler's expressive, dynamic illustrations burst with energy. The prose is approachable for the target audience of early readers, with short sentences and simple vocabulary. Izzy has light brown skin, and characters of color are in attendance at the fair. VERDICT Izzy and her kraken are winners in any collection, especially where graphic novels for emerging readers are needed.-Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Lib., CA

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