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 Blue, Barry & Pancakes (Blue, Barry & Pancakes)
 Author: Abdo, Dan

 Publisher:  First Second (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 89 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 040211 ISBN: 9781250255556
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Rabbits -- Fiction
 Frogs -- Fiction
 Worms -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $18.58

Summary:
Blue, Barry, and Pancakes are best friends, but sometimes friends make mistakes. One day, when the gang goes to the beach, Barry and Pancakes lose Blue's beloved beach ball. They come up with a plan to get it back, but things go way off course. In graphic novel format.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Jason


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Reviews:
   School Library Journal (00/01/21)
   Booklist (02/01/21)
 The Hornbook (00/05/21)

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2021 K-Gr 3—During a trip to the beach, Barry, a frog with a penchant for problem-solving and inventing, and Pancakes, an athletic large yellow rabbit, play a game of keep away with a beach ball belonging to a studious and introverted worm, Blue. Against Blue's protests, Barry and Pancakes take the ball, and a series of unfortunate—and hilarious—events ensue. A whale swallows the ball, but when the pals get it back, it soon lands in a flying airplane before being sucked up by a passing UFO. The misadventures continue until the ball is secured and all is forgiven. This graphic novel is the perfect length for younger readers, with most of the panels taking up a full page. The cartoon art is bright and appealing, with loud colors, exaggerated comic reactions, and goofy details. Character guides offer more information on Blue, Barry, and Pancakes (a true bookworm, Blue can often be found "sipping a hot beverage and reading"), which will further endear them to readers. VERDICT Riotously entertaining. Readers will look forward to more adventures with this quirky trio.—Gretchen Hardin, Bee Cave P.L., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 02/01/2021 With the same bright colors and energy-producing buzz found in a bag of candy comes three friends’ zany afternoon adventure. Pancakes (a giant, bubbly yellow bunny), Barry (a brainy, fun-loving green frog), and Blue (a refined blue earthworm with a yen for collecting things) are best buds who all have apartments in the same tree house. On this particular day, they all go to the beach, but conflict enters the narrative when Pancakes and Barry try to play with Blue’s red-and-white beach ball, part of his ball collection and still in its bell jar. Despite Blue’s vehement protestations, the other two send it soaring over Blue’s head in a game of keep away. Unfortunately, a passing whale swallows the ball, setting off a wacky series of events where the threesome attempts to retrieve Blue’s ball. Rapidly paced and loaded with absurdity and laughs, dynamic cartoon illustrations sweep readers along on a journey designed to humorously upend their expectations. A happy ending and gentle lesson on friendship close what is happily the first of many escapades. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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