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Squish #2: Brave New Pond Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-07-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings
ISBN:0375843906
LANGUAGE:English

"I don't know how they got the idea for a graphic novel series about an amoeba named Squish and his adventures at school, but Jennifer and Matthew Holm put their considerable talents together to create a fun-filled but issue-driven story here. Squish sets off for school--the pond--with his friend Pod, but he tells himself that this year is going to be different. There are all sorts of interesting characters here: Peggy the Paramecium who seems to have a crush on Squish, the athletic Algae Brothers who run the school and enjoy bullying others, even Principal Planaria. The gist of the story involves Squish finding it almost impossible to stand up to the Algae Brothers until they send him off to bother Pod. Finally, Squish realizes just what he's made of, and does the right thing. One aspect of this graphic novel that I really enjoyed was the use of arrows with asides that add the author's observations to the story. Plus, the informational facts included in the story are a boon to science teachers. This one is plenty of fun. " said.

"Squish is starting a new year at school. He's trying to grasp the opportunity for a new start. He wants to reestablish himself as cool and even manages to make friends with some of the cool kids. But after a few days, the cool kids start asking Squish to be mean to his old friends and do other things he wouldn't usually do. Squish isn't sure what to do until he thinks what his comic book hero Super Amoeba would do. (Some sections of the book are glimpses into Squish's reading of the Super Amoeba comic.)

A great book for kids on popularity and being true to your real friends and convictions. And of course, Squish is just funny enough to get the message across in a very entertaining way.

Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. The cool kids get their comeuppance in the form of a natural disaster which some may find a touch disturbing. Perks of having single-celled critters as heroes and villains is you can wipe them out and it doesn't seem gory (also, many can easily regenerate for a future episode).
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"Story: 3 stars
Art: 4 stars

In this second installment of the Squish series, Squish decides he wants to be cool, so he ditches his old friends and starts to hang out with The Algae Brothers instead. When things don't turn out as expected, Squish makes the right decision and sticks up for his old friend. This is the second book in the series, and the second time that the bully (different characters in each book) has been annihilated; I don't think that death is the answer to bullying.

Another graphic novel series by the Holm siblings, aimed at chapter book readers, but the Squish series doesn't have the magic of the Babymouse books. All the characters in this series are microorganisms. The color scheme is black, white, and green, since this series targets boys. Squish, an amoeba, loves comic books, especially his favorite superhero, Super Amoeba. It's a strength of this series, and a tribute to the power of literature in children's lives (yes, comic books are children's literature, too), that the issue of Super Amoeba that Squish is reading parallels whatever is going on in Squish's own life. As in the Babymouse series, there is an off-screen narrator who comments on what is happening in the Squish books.
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"This is the second book in the Squish series by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Our youngest ripped through the Babymouse series in no time and while we're waiting for the next book in that series, she decided she wanted to try out this one.

I may just be a boring old middle-aged lady, but I think that the story in this book isn't nearly as compelling or charming as the Babymouse stories. In fact, the characters are pretty irritating and flat. But our youngest really liked them, and she's eager to read more of the books in this series and so I'm sure I'll give the series another shot. One good aspect of the story is that Squish learns not to sacrifice his friendships in order to be cool.

The illustrations are good and since it's a graphic novel, they tell most of the story along with the dialogue. But once again, they just don't have the charm of the girl in pink. I guess the one thing that it's got going for it is likely to appeal more to boys.

interesting quote:

"Well, just remember, son - fresh starts are good, but you shouldn't change who you are just to impress people. It's not worth it. (p. 90)
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"Horn Book (Spring 2012)

In his second adventure, amoeba Squish escapes into superhero dream sequences to help him deal with the start of a new school year. Varied panel sizes and informational asides let the authors (creators of Babymouse) take full advantage of their graphic novel format, complete with Day-Glo-green highlights in the entertaining illustrations.



Kirkus Reviews starred (August 15, 2011)

The single-celled everylad who oozed from the Babymouse series to start one of his own in Squish #1: Super Amoeba (2011) tries hanging with the cool crowd. Squish's efforts to turn over a new pseudopod on the first day of school look futile-until an invitation to sit at the lunch table with the six hyper-cool Algae brothers offers escape from both his nerdy moocher buddy Pod's obsession with asteroid disaster and classmate Peggy Paramecium's relentless optimism. He discovers the price, though, when one brother relieves him of his prized baseball cap and then orders him to dump nacho cheese all over Pod. Fortunately, Squish has beloved comic-book hero Super Amoeba to provide a moral compass. Mixing framed and unframed panels, the Holms alternate between Squish's dilemma, illustrated with green highlights, and black and white pages from Squish's comic, in which Super Amoeba has to make a parallel choice. In the end, both amoebae make the heroic decision. The authors tuck in some morsels of biology, end with instructions for making green slime and provide another sort-of closure for the main plot-as Peggy puts it: "Oh no! The algae just got wiped out by an Asteroid!! That's so sad!!! Gee, I wonder if tomorrow is pizza day!" Any day there's a new Squish (or Babymouse, for that matter) is Pizza Day. (Graphic novel. 7-9)
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"This story Squish#2 Brave New Poud is by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, it's about Amoeba World like the earth.There combines two story in a big story,the Squish story and squish's comic story.There are new students in Squish class,there are factionable.And Squish think if he play with them,he will factionable and cool too!So he didn't play with his old friends,and his factionable friends want to kidding Squish's old friend! Squish was sad because he think it kidding his old friends is not cool,so he didn't play with who want to kidding his old friends." said.

" Cute graphic novel about a bunch of protozoan buddies. Need to order this series! " said.

" Em read this and said she gave it 4 stars and it has some "interesting characters." " said.

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