Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence -ADVISABLE

Lawrence, Mike Star Scouts 185 pages. First Second, 2017. $15.00. Language: G ( 0 swears) ; Mature Content: G ; Violence: G. GRAPHIC NOVEL
Avani is a young girl who doesn't fit in, especially in her Flower Scout troup. When an alien from outer space accidentally transports her to her ship, Avani meets Mabel. Mabel is a scout too, but a Star Scout. Avani finds Star Scouting much more interesting than Flower Scouts and sneaks away to join her friend, and her new troup. When it comes time for the annual summer camp, Avani has many adventures and learns the true meaning of being a scout. Feature graphic novel cartoon style artwork.
This is a fantastic story about friendship, teamwork, competition, and being a kind person. The illustrations are top notch, some of my favorite, much like Ben Hatke and his Zita Series. My only worry is that readers won't relate to the scouting theme, I have never even met a girl scout. There are quite a few barfing, fart, and butt jokes to appeal to young readers, without being too over the top. 
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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