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Friday, January 13, 2012

Dragon Puncher Island - James Kochalka

Released November 2011

James Kochalka
Top Shelf Productions

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I like to support local authors whenever possible. James Kochalka's Dragon Puncher Island is the second book in his Dragon Puncher graphic comic series. It's designed for the younger crowd and is so silly that I know many kids would love it. One unique thing about this series is that Kochalka's boys and his cats play an integral part in the characters. The characters may be cartoons, but their faces are real, as are the backgrounds. The backgrounds in Dragon Puncher Island are of coastal Maine.

The story is quite simple. Dragon Puncher is generally being pestered by the Mighty Spoony-E, when the Monster Slapper appears and threatens the Mighty Spoony-E's safety. Not one to sit back while a "friend" is under attack, Dragon Puncher sets into action. Meanwhile, the monster lurking in the water also makes an appearance and no one knows who will end up saving the day in the resulting melee.

Kids love action and that's what they'll find in Dragon Puncher Island. The colorful illustrations, real pictures and goofy storyline are a perfect mix of what little boys, and even some girls, want in their stories. It's about 40 pages making it the right length for children who want more than a picture book but aren't ready for chapter books yet. If you have a child looking for something different, this is the perfect choice.

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