Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard: A Big Book for Little Readers

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Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard

When Johnny Boo and Squiggle wake up in their hollow tree, they are greeted to a world that has been covered in snow overnight. It looks to Squiggle like the whole world's been covered in ice cream, so they get spoons to dig in. Competition soon arrives in the form of Ice Cream Monster, who tries to eat all the snow -- or "nothing-flavored ice cream" -- so there won't be any left.

But eating snow -- and being out in it for a long time -- leads to being really cold. And when more snow begins to fall, bringing a blizzard on our friends, Johnny's solution is to find his box of mittens so everyone has them to wear. But Squiggle and Ice Cream Monster disappear in all the snowfall and Johnny has to find them.

Johnny Boo and the Silly Blizzard is a 40-page graphic novel that reads in minutes, as well it should. It's directed toward younger readers, and designed intentionally to be read aloud. (Experiential note: this is best done with silly voices.) Children will be drawn into James Kochalka's world of not-scary-at-all monsters, even if Johnny does have the most powerful "Boo!" in all the land, and the situations are silly enough to have kids laughing out loud at them.

Grade: 
4.0 / 5.0