October 1, 2012

Review: The Incredible Rockhead

The Incredible Rockhead by Scott Nickel

Graphic novels have become a new favorite of mine. I use to think they had weak stories and shallow characters, or where only for older students. Not so any more! Now I love them and look forward to finding new ones. Unfortunately, this just doesn't measure up as a great graphic novel. It's the story of Chip Stone, who is drugged by a crazed ex military type pretends to be the school nurse and gives him a shot. When he needs to, Chip becomes Rockhead, literally a boy with a great big rock for a head. Although this give him a strange super power that lets him crash his head into things, he still is just as insecure and clumsy as always. There are lots of rock, paper, scissors gags, especially toward the end of the story, but my favorite part were the special offers on some pages in the book that were just like the things I used to see in comic books of my day. Although this would appeal to readers who liked humorous graphic novels such as Captain Underpants, I just don't see it having a wide readership.

There is a fun website for fans of the book that has activities and downloads. It can be found by clicking here.

This review is based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.

Until next time, bon voyage and happy reading.

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