Magic Pickle: The Original Graphic Novel!
by Scott Morse
Graphix, May 2008
already out in this series:
Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes
Magic Pickle vs. the Egg Poacher
Dr. Jekyll Formaldehyde creates a superhero pickle who fights against the Brotherhood of the Evil Produce. Food puns abound and footies get fried off of pajamas. Kids who play with food and kids who believe that a magic pickle is operating out of a secret lab under their bedroom floor will enjoy this book.
(Detailed review here; Scott Morse's blog here.)
Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dodgeball Chronicles
by Frank Cammuso
Graphix, July 2008
Arthur King is the new kid at Camelot Middle School. His science teacher is Mr. Merlyn and he manages to open the "busted locker...that nobody can open. The one with the rhyming graffiti on it...this kid, Terry White, had that locker." A working knowledge of the Arthurian legend definitely adds to the fun of this book, but anyone who's been the new kid at school, the underdog up against bullies, or the victim of an evil school principal will celebrate the triumph of Artie and his new friends against the Horde and Mrs. Dagger. And you've gotta love a magical locker with a cute grin that produces sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
(Frank Cammuso's website here.)