Super Dweeb and the pencil of destiny
Book - 2021
Andy wishes that he had awesome powers like the heroes of his homemade comic stories. But instead, he's stuck in the real world, where he has an annoying little brother, a super-weird teacher...and everyone says he's a total dweeb. Then one day, he discovers an oversized, glowing pencil on a school trip to the local toxic waste dump. He starts sketching and finds that he can redraw reality.
Gr 3–6—With great magic pencil power comes great magic pencil responsibility. Andy is a talented artist who can draw nearly anything (except hands)—but he's also bullied by classmates, who call him a dweeb. But new kid Mona sticks up for Andy when he's being picked on by Mean Mike. On a field trip to Fallout Island, a run-in with a squirrel and a barrel of blootonium transforms Andy's pencil into a gigantic magical implement, capable of bringing anything it draws to life. When the pencil is stolen, Andy and his friends must work together to prevent total destruction. Plus, friendship blossoms between Mona and Andy. At first Mona tries to hide her love of comics and other supposedly "dweeby" interests, but the two new pals are soon sharing their passion for Gamma Guys fanfiction via the Splat Chat messaging platform. The book combines a traditional text format with comic-style panels, in full color and with a sketchbook feel. The fast-paced action and absurd humor make this an easy sell to reluctant readers. Being different is never portrayed as negative, despite the Mean Mikes of the world, and positive messages about the importance of teamwork and responsibility are laced throughout the tale. Andy and his family are Black, and Mona is pale-skinned with black hair. VERDICT An exciting new series for fans of "Captain Underpants" or "Diary of a Wimpy Kid."—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Lib. Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.
"With fast-paced action and absurd humor [...] Super Dweeb in an exciting new series for fans of Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid" - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL"A funny, fast-paced and zany adventure bursting with colourful cartoon-style illustrations" - BOOK TRUSTAndy wishes that he had *awesome powers*, like the heroes of his home-made comic stories. But instead, he's stuck in the real world, where he has an annoying little brother, a super-weird teacher ... and everyone says he's a total dweeb. Then one day, he discovers an oversized, glowing pencil on a school trip to the local toxic waste dump. He starts sketching and finds that he can redraw reality. Now, thanks to the power of doodling, Andy can bring to life anything that he can imagine, erase his problems, and doodle his way of sticky situations. He's not just a dweeb ... he's a SUPER DWEEB! Even Mona, the ice-cool new girl at school, seems impressed. But there's a twist in the tale.. because everything goes very wrong when little brother Oscar does some doodling of his own. Now there's a scribble monster on the loose! Run for it, Andy! The first of the hilarious new Super Dweeb series, this unpredictable, anarchic adventure story will have kids rolling on the floor. Featuring comic-strip-style storytelling in full-color, this chapter book is perfect for readers aged 7-9. This is the first title in a proposed series of stories about Super Dweeb's anarchic adventures.Jess Bradley's cheeky, modern illustration style perfect captures the off-the-wall humor.The comic-book style storytelling makes it perfect for reluctant readers.Features characters from a wide range of races and ethnicities.Every page of this book features color artwork, mixed in with the text.