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Kids Fiction
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Classic Comic Book Tale

When a mysterious tunnel opens up in a nearby mountain, Bing, the daughter of King Cornelius and a budding magician, sets off to find out why it has appeared. She goes with her father, who is a bit dim and not the nicest monarch, and Cornelius, who is the royal inventor and does not speak. In comic book form, the three have an adventure involving a local alchemist, Quaf, as well as other fantasy characters.

Good Points
This is a good introduction to fantasy adventure novels for elementary school readers as well as a fun romp for middle school students. I can see this being a quick seller at Scholastic book fairs-- readers who enjoy graphic novels like Rose's Bone series, Morse's Magic Pickle books or Krosoczka's Lunch Lady adventures will root for Bing as she tries to save her kingdom.

The full color illustration style reminded me very strongly of the Little Lulu and Richie Rich Gold Key comic books that my parents would let me read on long road trips. I still believe that the biggest reason children like to read comics is that they somehow feel that they are reading something somehow forbidden. There have been so many graphic novels published in the last few years that perhaps children no longer feel that way, but there is something oddly appealing about that facet of graphic novels!

Have young readers who know in their heart of hearts that only THEY can save the world? Hand them The King of Kazoo so they get some pointers on the best way to accomplish this!
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