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fun and action-filled graphic novel
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
THE MYSTERY OF THE MEANEST TEACHER is an adventure-filled graphic novel about Johnny (Kid) Constantine. We start by meeting Kid as he is on a mischievous caper to get some candy from a ghost - what he doesn't realize is that the chocolate he ate takes years to make, and it also keeps dangerous forces at bay. The ghosts of the UK are now out to get him, and luckily, he is able to hide with his demon friends.

As his demon friends get sick of him, they come up with a plot to get him sent to a boarding school in the US, where the ghosts won't be after him, and he won't be making a mess in their house. At the new school, everything feels different and Kid feels completely out of his element. However, when he makes a new, magical friend, things start to change.

A teacher who really seems to have it out for Kid makes them suspicious - why is she so mean? The two decide to investigate and learn that there are bigger plots afoot that they, along with a rhyming demon who loves heavy metal, need to stop before the world is destroyed.

What I loved: This was an action-filled graphic novel that uses plenty of humor to break the tension. With a mystery to be solved, danger, comedy, and friendship, this was a truly fun read. Children who have experienced a tough teacher will delight in this plot of the most difficult teacher - who is also hiding a dangerous secret. The investigation fun with all the magic makes for a really great plot that touches on themes that are fantastic for the target age group like friendship, sticking by your friends, making new friends, and healing from past experiences.

The illustrations were really high quality with lots of details in every panel, expressive characters, and a great use of color that matches the mood of each scene. There is quite a bit of text throughout, but it is generally easy to follow, and helpful for the age group to really set the stage and explain everything. This is a really charming story and the humor and sarcasm comes across throughout with clear reasonings.

Final verdict: A charming, humorous, and action-filled graphic novel, THE MYSTERY OF THE MEANEST TEACHER is a great story of adventure, magic, and friendship. Highly recommend for middle grade readers looking for a fun read with great characters and a unique plot.
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