Monday, June 4, 2012

The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan

Fans of Lunch Lady and Babymouse will enjoy the capers of the flying beaver siblings, Ace and Bub. In this start to the graphic novel series the duo join forces to thwart the plans of a group of penguins intent on turning Beaver Island into an icy wonderland. The wacky humor begins on the first page and continues to the last with sure-fire gaffaws along the way.

Although they look identical, the brothers have way different energy levels. Ace is a dynamo in constant motion while Bub prefers to catch a snooze whenever the opportunity arises (and sometimes when it doesn't). It's  Ace then who spots a bizarre underwater contraption while practicing for the island's annual surfing competition. He and Bub investigate and learn that the invention (which resembles a giant refrigerator) will deep freeze the island and turn it into a penguin paradise. Our heroes are determined not to let that happen and how they succeed is hilariously portrayed in a series of wordless panels that culminate in the pair saving their island home and winning the surfing competition. Not bad for a day's work.  

 The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan
by Maxwell Eaton III
Alfred A. Knopf, 96 pages
Published: January 2012

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