Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy

Series Title: The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy
Author: D.J. Steinberg
Illustrator: Brian Smith
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Publication Date: Sound Off (Book 1) was published March, 2008
Genre/Format: Sci-Fi/Graphic Novel
Summary: Daniel Boom is an ordinary enough boy, well, except that he is so loud that he can shatter glass when he whispers. He feels like a freak most of his life until he meets 3 other kids who all share a birthday with him and all seem to have powers that get them in trouble.  Together, Daniel Boom, his sister and their 3 new friends join together to try and defeat the evil behind KR (kid-rid) industries. 
What I Think: This review is a little different than normal. I recently went to my library and perused the juvenile graphic novel section.  I came across a series of graphic novels that looked interesting and the library had a copy of all 4 in stock.  So, I picked them up, checked them out and took them home to read.  After I finished, I went on GoodReads to rate them and saw that none of my friends had read them and on top of that, I was the first person to review the 4th book in the series.  I was so surprised as I felt the series would be loved by a plethora of young readers.  So, I decided I needed to share them here on the blog so that hopefully they can get more readers. I, personally, will definitely be getting these for my classroom as I know that many readers will connect with Daniel's feelings of not fitting in, being obnoxious to adults, and needing to find friends that understand him for who he is.  
Read Alone: Grades 3 to 8
Read With: Alex Rider Graphic Novels by Anthony Horowitz, Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy by William Boniface, NERDS by Michael Buckley, Elsewhere Chronicles by Nykko (another overlooked graphic novels series), Giants Beware by Jorge Agguire, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Snatch of Text: 
Mentor Text for: Attention Grabbers, Making Connections, Characterization
Writing Prompt: Daniel did not feel like he fit in at his new school until he met his friends.  Write about a time where you felt like you didn't fit in. 
Topics Covered: Fitting In, Friendship, Siblings, Moving

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