The King of Kazoo
July 26, 2016
Scatterbrained Cornelius, King of Kazoo, and his resourceful daughter, Bing, explore a mysterious cave at the top of Mount Kazoo. There they discover a famous alchemist named Quaf is planning a dangerous and forbidden experiment. Now Cornelius, Bing, and the brilliant royal inventor Torq must go all out to stop Quaf before his crazy undertaking threatens the entire kingdom.
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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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