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The Loser List - Written and Illustrated by Holly N Kowitt
Details: Black and white comic reads left to right. Hardcover ISBN 9780545240048
Summary: When Danny Shine (rhymes with "whine") finds out he's on the infamous Loser List in the girls' bathroom, his mission to erase it lands him in detention. That fateful afternoon, the school's bullies (who live in detention) discover that Danny can draw. Suddenly he's not a target anymore-he's a "bad boy"! Supplying tattoos and graffiti for the bullies is great, until Danny is unwittingly drawn into a crime. His new friends took a comic from Danny's favorite store, and now Danny has to steal it back, return it, and break off with the bullies-before he goes from dork to delinquent. Fans of Jeff Kinney, Jim Benton, and things that are absurd and also very, very funny will love this new, fully illustrated tale of middle-school torture.
Review: Right from the first “Me at-a-glance” page, you know enough about Danny to understand that he’s going to have a few social problems in school. He likes to draw stuff (like rusty cans and smelly socks, with his favourite pen (the T360), he’s still looking for a sport he’s good at, and his biggest fear is Chantal Davis. The illustrations are hilarious, and I love the “at-a-glance” introductions for the main characters. This is an obvious must-have choice for all libraries.
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