Book - 2017
The playground becomes a battleground in this middle-grade graphic novel series. As recess time in the schoolyard falls prey to such super villains as vampires, pirates, and zombies, it falls to Scrap, Yoshi, and Clinton to swing into action, slide into battle, and save the day.
Children's Room Show me where
- Comics (Graphic works)
New York :
Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership
- First edition
- Physical Description
- volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
- Hero is a four-letter word
- Bad guy is a two-word word
*Starred Review* Kids live for recess, but at Armstrong School, it's not taken lightly. The schoolyard is divided by different and menacing factions: the pirates, the cowboys, and kids who play house. This first book focuses mainly on Bryce and his alterego, Scrap, an ambitious yet often cowardly superhero. Scrap and his friends must evade or ally themselves with the different recess groups, all while curing a cooties epidemic. Emerson creates a rich world full of epic adventures and hilarious one-liners, all following the rules and inner workings of real-life recess and play, which the characters take deadly seriously. While two kids are fighting at the end of the book, one of them announces that the floor is lava; the scene instantly changes to a bubbling field of molten rock that ups the stakes dramatically. It's highly imaginative and strikingly similar to the games kids really play. Emerson's story is matched by his artwork; richly detailed and textured, his stylized figures are imbued with dynamic movement, and the variety of skin tones among the kids on the playground is refreshing. This archly funny, spot-on comic adventure will hit home for elementary school kids far and wide. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by PW Annex Reviews
A caped crusader, a quick-witted adventurer, and a solitary cowboy face off against zombies, pirates—and scariest of all—cooties in a trio of comics set in a schoolyard. Emerson, creator of the self-published Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series, taps into the imaginations of children who come together for fantasy adventures that feel entirely real, skillfully moving his story back and forth between the fantastical and the mundane. While Bryce/Scrap (the superhero), Caitlyn/Yoshi (the adventurer), and cowboy Clinton are at the center of the stories, Emerson cleverly keeps readers up to speed as their classmates provide backstory through faux news broadcasts, Twilight Zone–esque monologues, and more, as well as serving as villains. Dramatically angular cartooning, a vivid palette, and dynamic shifts in perspective keep the focus on the over-the-top action; the school and playground make rare appearances, occasionally reminding readers of the "real world" that underpins the kids' adventures. While it's hard to compete with recess, this book serves up enough excitement to be a close second. Ages 7–10. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Apr.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly Annex.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3–6—An imaginative tale of a recess hero who rescues the playground from a zombie infestation. Bryce (aka Scrap) is a superhero determined to save recess. His classmates are dropping like flies as they become infested with cooties, a virus that has mutated and is now transforming them into zombies. All areas of the playground are affected, and Scrap will stop at nothing to put things right. This book is filled with colorful, appealing illustrations, from the playground map that opens the narrative to the explanation of how this graphic novel was created at the end. Character introductions appear as each protagonist makes an entrance. Vibrant images keep the action flowing throughout this story, which is filled with pirates, cooties, cowboys, and zombies—something to please every reader. VERDICT Give to fans of Doug TenNapel's Cardboard or Judd Winick's "Hilo" series.—Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library, WI Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
Recess is ready to rumble in this exciting graphic novel, where heroes and villains face off in epic battles on the playground!Review by Publisher Summary 2
Saving the world... one playground at a time.When imaginations go wild in the schoolyard, anything can happen. Normal kids become world-saving heroes, girls become power-hungry pirates, and zombies take over the school after being infected by the dreaded epidemic—cooties! It's up to Scrap, his partner Yoshi (don't you dare call her a sidekick!), and Clinton, the baddest cowboy in the, um, badlands, to stop recess from collapsing into total apocalyptic chaos.With dynamic full-color art and nonstop action, Recess Warriors is an irresistibly fun middle-grade graphic novel from Marcus Emerson, the creator of the hit self-published series, Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja.