Thursday, January 18, 2018

SERIES THURSDAY: Frazzled by Booki Vivat


ABOUT THE BOOK

Meet Abbie Wu! She’s about to start middle school and she’s totally in crisis.

Abbie Wu is in crisis—and not just because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because the lunch ladies at school are totally corrupt or because everyone seems to have a “Thing” except her. Abbie Wu is in crisis always.

Heavily illustrated and embarrassingly honest, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is, where she belongs, and how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up. With Abbie’s flair for the dramatic and natural tendency to freak out, middle school has never seemed so nerve-racking!

Packed with hilarious black-and-white illustrations and doodles throughout, Frazzled takes readers through Abbie Wu’s hysterical middle school adventures.


REVIEW

Middle school is a time of uncertainty for many budding teens.  Questions about friends, teachers, school work, and one's place in the universe all must be dealt with by children entering adolescence.  It's all very confusing, which is why Vivat's Frazzled series is sure to be popular.  

Abbie Wu, like many middle schoolers, is scared of starting at a new school.  And her fears come to life as she struggles to deal with new teachers, friends with different interests, and a feeling of impending DOOM!  Yes, Abbie like many teenagers is a bit over dramatic, but for children at that age, issues of friendship, belonging, and school lunch are important.  Just as Abbie finds something that she feels might be her 'thing', disaster strikes, leaving Abbie wondering just where she fits.  But with the help of an experienced older brother, and some good friends, Abbie may just survive, that thing called middle school.

The illustrations on every page and the light text make this an ideal read for reluctant readers as well as young readers who can't get enough of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Dork Diaries series.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Abbie Wu is FRAZZLED as she navigates locker thieves, diabolical cats, and other hazards of middle school.

This is the second book in a New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that NPR's All Things Considered called "hilarious"!

Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she’ll run for class president and get a brand-new shiny locker. Until—she doesn’t…

In her second tumultuous misadventure, Abbie Wu tackles more unbelievably unfair and calamitous middle school days. From facing locker thieves and battling diabolical cats to having absolutely no idea what to build for her science project, Abbie Wu is still in perpetual crisis.

From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, this second story follows Abbie Wu, your favorite hilariously neurotic middle school girl, as she tries to come up with solutions to what seems to be a series of inevitable catastrophes.

Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone hoping to figuring out how to survive the ordinary mishaps of middle school.


REVIEW

I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one.  Not sure why, maybe because Abbie doesn't break any rules in this one, she's just struggling to cope with the pressures and stresses of middle school.  In this book, Abbie is trying to cope with some new challenges in her life: a pet cat at home that doesn't seem to like her, sharing a locker that should have been hers with a new girl that she knows little about.  And on top of that she has to partner up with the new girl in science on a major project.  Abbie isn't sure that she and the new girl, Jessica, are compatible, after all, nothing seems to rattle Jessica, whereas Abbie worries about just about everything.  Told in a combination of illustrations and text, much like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, this book is bound to be just as popular.  Combining realistic worries and concerns with plenty of humor and heart, Vivat has created a winning series.

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