Brave New Pond

Squish, No. 2

Written and Illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Squish: Brave New Pond is the second book in this new series by beloved Babymouse authors Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Squish is an amoeba– that’s right– a green blob. It is the beginning of a new school year and Squish comes up with a list to help make a fresh start.

1. No trading food with Pod (Pod is Squish’s best friend, also an amoeba.)
2. No detention.
3. Do not let Peggy (friend, a paramecium… a different shaped blob with fur) embarrass me.
4. Get picked for kickball at recess.
5. Sit with the cool kids at lunch.
6. Be cool!

Although he gets off to a bad start, things look up when the coolest microorganisms in the pond, the Algae brothers, let him sit at their table. But when being cool means picking on his old friends, Squish has to decide whether being cool is all it’s cracked up to be. I did like the story and although I didn’t connect with the setting , I’m sure boys will think it’s awesome. Great for any graphic novel section. Readers level 3rd grade and up.

Review by Shannon Bishop, Wilson Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3+

Trailer for the first Squish book:

Jennifer Holm – Official Website

Squish, No. 2
Brave New Pond
Written and Illustrated by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Random House Childrens Books
90 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2011
ISBN: 9780375937842 (library binding); 9780375843907 (paperback)

Publisher’s Blurb

He’s baa-ack! It’s a brand new school year for everyone’s favorite AMOEBA! Will Squish finally get to sit with the cool kids at lunch? Will Pod stop the giant asteroid from destroying the world? Will the LEECHES be the end of Super Amoeba? And what makes cafeteria nachos so delicious anyway? Find out the answers to these questions and more in Squish’s second electrifying, action-packed adventure—Squish: Brave New Pond.

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