(Twitter, Goodreads)Also by this author: Frazzled
Published by HarperCollins on September 26th 2017
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humorous, School & Education, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes, Young Adult
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.
As the mother of a reluctant reader, you can just imagine how incredibly happy it makes me when we actually argue about who gets to read a book first… and that’s been the case with the Frazzled books from Booki Vivat. It also helps that he’s starting middle school this year!
In the second Frazzled book, Abbie Wu has so much going on! A new family member in the form of a cat, an unexpected locker partner… and a complicated assignment for her science class!
I love that Vivat makes the issues that Abbie faces relatable and fun to read about! Who doesn’t remember being assigned a partner in school … and dreading it!
I’ve always loved Vivat’s doodles and they are the perfect pairing to this story… Whimsical and fun they add an element that will keep less enthusiastic readers turning pages!
I really love the lesson in this story as well… and there are a couple! Abbie realizes a few things about her new friendship with Jess… they may not be exactly alike, but it’s important to have people in your life who complement your personality. Where Abbie was a bit dramatic and fatalistic, Jess was more light-hearted and thought the experience was what counted and it allowed Abbie to see a new perspective… and solidified a new friendship!
And also, maybe cats aren’t always diabolical!
This is definitely a wonderful option for middle grade readers who might be transitioning from picture books to chapter books, offering a bit of both to make the jump seamless.