Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sanity & Tallulah

Brooks, Molly. Sanity & Tallulah
October 16th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
Public library copy

Sanity's latest science project, which she has been told NOT to do, is a three headed mutant kitten, whom she has been managing to feed by conducting another project to clone meat. When the kitten escapes, things start to go badly wrong. The space station on which she and her friend Tallulah live is imperiled by duct rats who are chewing through piping and drinking coolant, causing massive leaks and failures. Even though the girls have been told not to do any more projects, they don't really listen, and continue to try to find and keep their pet, Princess Sparkle Destroyer of Worlds. Unfortunately, there entire community is threatened, but they are allowed to fix the problems and save the day.
Strengths: This is on trend for many reasons-- STEM content, girl power, and multicultural cast. Graphic novels are always popular.
Weaknesses: I was deeply bothered that the girls ignored scientific safety to the detriment of their community, but their parents let them keep making bad decisions. Students will not be as bothered.
What I really think: Definitely waiting for a prebind. This was a rather difficult read, with lots of small, scientific text. My struggling readers are the only ones who pick up graphic novels, and they might find this difficult. My readers who might be interested in science and could understand this tend not to pick up graphic novels. This is just the case in my school; I'm sure this book will win lots of awards and be a popular choice in many libraries.
Ms. Yingling

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