|All ketchup, no mustard! (Nugget and Dog, Ready-To-Read Graphics)|
Author: Tharp, Jason
Nugget is a chicken nugget and Dog is a hot dog. They are friends, and they like ketchup. Their town of Gastropolis is a peaceful place ... until spicy mustard packet Dijon Mustard tries to make everyone grumpy. Nugget and Dog want to help, so they start a club to fight back with kindness, empathy, and other good things. Can Nugget and Dog save the day with ketchup and kindness? In graphic novel format.
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Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
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School Library Journal - 07/01/2021 K-Gr 3—A graphic novel for the youngest of readers, this high-energy, playful friendship story stars an anthropomorphic hot dog and chicken nugget, along with a cast of other comical culinary characters. Nugget and Dog, best friends since preschool, discover a box of memorabilia from the days that Great Grandpa Frank Furter was a member of the K.E.T.C.H.U.P. Crusaders, a group that anyone could join to help create a more positive world (K stands for kindness, E for empathy, etc.). Nugget and Dog decide to continue the tradition and begin promoting the Crusader way of life. Meanwhile, Dijon Mustard (who turned evil after he didn't get the kids meal prize he wanted) plans to stop the Crusaders with G.R.U.M.P.S—Giant Real Ugly Monsters with Perfect Scowls. When his first monster, Stomps, begins destroying Gastropolis, it is time for Nugget and Dog to put K.E.T.C.H.U.P. to the test and save the day. The book gently introduces young readers to the comic format, with each page containing four or fewer colorful panels featuring expressive characters. An opening section explains basic comic elements such as the difference between text boxes, speech bubbles, and thought clouds. VERDICT A great introduction to comics for beginning readers.—Amanda Melilli, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.