Middle Grade Monday is a feature on The Contented Reader where I review and highlight current or upcoming books in the middle grade genre.
TITLE: Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door
AUTHOR: Frank Cammuso
PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers
TARGET AUDIENCE: Middle Grade
GENRE(S): Fantasy, Graphic Novel
In this hilarious graphic novel, Edison Beaker is about to find out what services the family business, Beaker Creature Control, really offers. (Hint: forget about rat and roach removal . . . think monster hunting!)
Edison Beaker and his young sister Tesla are staying with their Uncle Earl, manager of the family pest control company, when an alarm sounds and he has no choice but to drag them along on a service call.
They should have listened when he warned them to “stay in the van.”
Monster-sized mayhem ensues when the kids chase their escaped hamster into a mysterious warehouse–and suddenly they are the ones being chased when all sorts of creepy creatures scurry, slink, and stomp through a secret Night Door.
The first of two new middle-school graphic novels that introduce a funny, smart, likable, reluctant hero and his wisecracking younger sister whose adventures are sure to appeal to readers of Lunch Lady, Hilo, and Caveboy Dave.
Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door was such a fun middle grade graphic novel. I don’t have much experience reading graphic novels. Graphic novels interest me but I usually have so many other things to read that they take a backseat. But I really enjoyed this one.
Edison Beaker is scared of the dark and after a series of events, he is swept past the Night Door. Along with his sister Tesla, they run into monsters while trying to find their Uncle Earl.
The illustrations in this graphic novel are absolutely wonderful. There is an incredible amount of detail in the background elements and character facial expressions. I can only imagine how much young kids are going to enjoy it. Obviously illustrations are important to the success of a graphic novel, and this one does not disappoint.
At the heart of this novel is a message of strength which is incredibly important. Edison increasingly grows stronger through his investigation and I think kids are going to learn something from it. I know I did. There is also a strong element of family, which is really adorable.
”Sometimes you have to do things that you don't want to do for the sake of other people.Favourite Quote
About The Author
Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books. He also created the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table from Graphix/Scholastic. Frank drew the comic Otto’s Orange Day and Otto’s Backwards Day for Toon-Books. He also wrote and drew his self-published graphic novel Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, for which he received an Eisner nomination.
Frank is the former award-winning political cartoonist for The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, NY. His cartoons have been reprinted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Newsweek.
He has written fiction and satire with his good friend Hart Seely. Their work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Slate, and on National Public Radio. He’s the co-author of 2007-Eleven and Other American Comedies.
Cammuso currently teaches Sequential Illustration part-time at his alma mater, Syracuse University. He lives with his family in frosty Syracuse, NY, where they enjoy all things comics!
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