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From the author of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books! Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, From the author of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books! Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, she thinks she was definitely misnamed. Her dad likes to know where she is to make sure she’s safe, so she’s never been anywhere on her own. Then, her dad leaves on a trip and the babysitter doesn’t reinforce all the usual rules. Or any of the usual rules! Suddenly, Wendy is free to do what she wants, and what she wants is to live up to her name…and find Trubble. Turns out, there’s lots going on in Trubble Town. As she encounters endearingly goofy animals and hilariously hapless townsfolk, Wendy’s very first adventure takes more twists and turns than she could have ever expected. She learns some really valuable life lessons and even teaches a few of her own.


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From the author of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books! Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, From the author of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip and New York Times bestselling Timmy Failure series comes a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming, full-color graphic novel series about a quirky town—just right for young readers starting to read longer books! Wendy the Wanderer has lived in Trubble Town her whole life but never had the chance to go exploring. For this reason, she thinks she was definitely misnamed. Her dad likes to know where she is to make sure she’s safe, so she’s never been anywhere on her own. Then, her dad leaves on a trip and the babysitter doesn’t reinforce all the usual rules. Or any of the usual rules! Suddenly, Wendy is free to do what she wants, and what she wants is to live up to her name…and find Trubble. Turns out, there’s lots going on in Trubble Town. As she encounters endearingly goofy animals and hilariously hapless townsfolk, Wendy’s very first adventure takes more twists and turns than she could have ever expected. She learns some really valuable life lessons and even teaches a few of her own.

30 review for Squirrel Do Bad

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley Wendy the Wanderer doesn't actually get to wander from her town of Trubble very much, since her father has become very overprotective of her after her mother's death. When he has to travel for business, however, she is left with a babysitter who is supposed to be very strict but who actually is just glued to her phone the entire time. Wendy would like to travel abroad, but when she sneaks out, starts small. She gets a mooshie (hot cocoa with 40 marshmallows) to drink i E ARC provided by Netgalley Wendy the Wanderer doesn't actually get to wander from her town of Trubble very much, since her father has become very overprotective of her after her mother's death. When he has to travel for business, however, she is left with a babysitter who is supposed to be very strict but who actually is just glued to her phone the entire time. Wendy would like to travel abroad, but when she sneaks out, starts small. She gets a mooshie (hot cocoa with 40 marshmallows) to drink in the park, and ends up sharing it with Squirrel, since she has no nuts. The sugar and caffeine first brighten Squirrels outlook, but then cause him to run amok, and the mayor's office is blown up. The mayor is uninjured, since he prefers to spend his days sitting in a tree. Squirrel is imprisoned, and set to stand trial, although the sheriff , Sean O'Shifty, hates squirrels. Through a technicality, Squirrel is set free, which disappoints many in town, especially the Moles of Trubble Hoping Everything's Reformed. (Or, MOTHER.) These moles have tried to make the town better, but have failed. At one point, all of the mooshie shops are blown up, and suspicion once again falls on Squirrel. Wendy feels that all of the bad things that have happened are her fault, so she tries to investigate and find out what is going on in Trubble. Answer: a whole lot of weirdness. Will she be able to find out who is actually bombing things in the town and save her new friend? Strengths: If you need a graphic novel that is a non sequitur filled goof fest in full color, this is the book for you. There are plenty of goofy characters and situations. If you are familiar with either the Timmy Failure books (starting in 2012, seven volumes) or the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, much of the book will seem familiar. There is even a cameo with an alligator as a lawyer. There's a slight plot, and Wendy's desire to explore her world and eventually help out her friend is character development. Weaknesses: While some goofy non sequiturs can be fun, this quickly got old, and the drawing style, which is similar to the one Pastis uses when his PBS characters draw strips of their own, is not all that pleasing. Wendy's teeth, in particular were disturbing. What I really think: If I could buy every book in the world, I might buy this. Ten years ago, when there were fewer graphic novel choices, I might have bought this. Now, there are a lot more choices of quality graphic novels. Will kids read this? Yes. Did I like it? Not really. It was brought to my attention when I reviewed the last Timmy Failure that allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Pastis, but as far as I can find, these were just two anonymous complaints reported in a survey done by Anne Ursu in 2018. I think that art can be separated from the artist, but it's okay if you don't think that. Personally, I no longer read L.M.Montgomery because of her life instead of her work, so we all make choices. Read this if you just aren't sure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    SQUIRREL DO BAD is an entertaining graphic novel about the consequences of small actions. The book begins with Wendy the Wanderer, who cannot actually wander due to her strict father, who wants to keep her safe inside and always protected. He worries about everything, so he has found a very attentive babysitter while he is away. However, the babysitter doesn't care about actually watching children and lets Wendy do what she wants. Wendy decides to get a mooshy, a hot cocoa with tons of marshmallo SQUIRREL DO BAD is an entertaining graphic novel about the consequences of small actions. The book begins with Wendy the Wanderer, who cannot actually wander due to her strict father, who wants to keep her safe inside and always protected. He worries about everything, so he has found a very attentive babysitter while he is away. However, the babysitter doesn't care about actually watching children and lets Wendy do what she wants. Wendy decides to get a mooshy, a hot cocoa with tons of marshmallows, which she then shares with a squirrel. The squirrel loves it too much and the sugar makes him go a bit haywire, leading to a car accident, messes, and the blowing up of the mayor's office, allegedly. As he is prosecuted and the town attempts to recover but actually just makes a mess of more things, Wendy also tries to write her wrongs before her father comes back or finds out what she's done. What I loved: This was an overall entertaining story that felt like a series of vignettes. Most of the story is told through overhead text, rather than speech bubbles, so it felt more like an extended picture book vs a graphic novel. There are definitely lots of silly hijinks and bad choices to be made that are sure to make children in this age group laugh. The chapter titles also brought a lot of humor into the story and added a nice touch. What left me wanting more: I was a bit troubled by the high number of deaths in the book as well as the frequent use of violence (many characters hitting others with objects or wishing harm). There are also lessons about hiding things from your parents and keeping secrets (Wendy is unable to confess before her father returns and then doesn't have to), that I wish could have been turned into something more positive. In terms of the text, I found the writing to be a bit too much for a graphic novel, as the pictures should be able to speak more for themselves. The illustrations were OK, but the characters were a bit stick-figuresque and not as much was told through the images as I would have liked. The length was also longer than I think the story needed to be, particularly without any clear themes or lessons that I would appreciate when targeted to the middle grade age range. Final verdict: Overall, SQUIRREL DO BAD is a funny middle grade graphic novel that will make children laugh. I would recommend for older readers who can separate out the ethical problems and bad decision making from the story. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    While I thought I’d enjoy this graphic novel, I had no idea that I’d end up loving it. Even though it’s geared toward middle-grade readers, if you’re like me, this fun novel will suck you in before you know it. So because of that, and the fact that a couple of other adults that I’ve talked to have loved this story, I’m declaring this a book for both kids and adults. Squirrel Do Bad is the story of an overprotective dad and his daughter Wendy. At least it starts out with those two characters. We l While I thought I’d enjoy this graphic novel, I had no idea that I’d end up loving it. Even though it’s geared toward middle-grade readers, if you’re like me, this fun novel will suck you in before you know it. So because of that, and the fact that a couple of other adults that I’ve talked to have loved this story, I’m declaring this a book for both kids and adults. Squirrel Do Bad is the story of an overprotective dad and his daughter Wendy. At least it starts out with those two characters. We learn that Wendy has declared herself Wendy The Wanderer, Founder of V.O.O.P – Victims of Over Protective Parents. Truth be told, Dad is quite protective, and is also a “what if” person. He tries to help Wendy by continually warning her that there are consequences of even small actions. But she’s not terribly worried about Dad’s warning. Especially when she sneaks into town while her dad’s away and the babysitter isn’t watching? The story is completely silly, and at times I had to laugh out loud because of the unexpected happenings. But Dad’s advice that everything we do has consequences became the theme. How it all tied together at the end, was something only a master of puzzles could say. So my hat’s off to Pastis for creating such a fun story that actually had a satisfying ending. My Concerns While I spent more time reading text than examining the graphics, my only tiny complaint might be that the graphics didn’t really appeal to me. Final Thoughts I thoroughly loved this story. It was witty and silly and my kind of humor. So a definite thumbs up. Both kids and adults should get a kick out of it. My thanks to Rock Star Tours and the publisher for a copy of this book. I was free to express my true feelings regarding the book (though a pesky squirrel kept showing up waving a sign and trying to influence me.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    Thoughts and Themes: I tend to enjoy reading middle grade graphic novels since they tend to be funny and cute in their own way and this was no different. I think that grades 2-5 would really enjoy this type of book and the randomness of each of the stories. I think the ending of each of the chapters would intrigue them as well rather than my reaction of ummmm why did that just happen? I love how all the important people in this town are all animals and how few of the characters involved are peopl Thoughts and Themes: I tend to enjoy reading middle grade graphic novels since they tend to be funny and cute in their own way and this was no different. I think that grades 2-5 would really enjoy this type of book and the randomness of each of the stories. I think the ending of each of the chapters would intrigue them as well rather than my reaction of ummmm why did that just happen? I love how all the important people in this town are all animals and how few of the characters involved are people. It just makes for an interesting story as you wonder if this is an imaginary town that the girl made up because she is trapped inside due to the protective father. Characters: In this book you get introduced to Wendy who is one of the main characters of the story but there are portions in which you think that Squirrely is our main character. I really enjoyed the chapters that focused on the Squirrel and the way the people in Trubble Town thought of him as a nuisance. While the whole thing seems very random, there are pieces in the chapters that connect the characters together. That was something that I really enjoyed about this book, I liked how there was something that connected the whole book together rather than it seeming like random snippets of a story. Writing and Art Style: I really liked how this story goes from one box to another and it makes it easy to follow. I also like the way each of the characters are drawn and how easy it is to tell each of them apart from one another. Something else that I liked about this book was the chapter names since I thought they were each unique and funny. I liked that they aren’t clear about what is going to happen in each chapter as it adds to the randomness of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (OomilyReads)

    Squirrel Do Bad (Trubble Town #1) written & illustrated by Stephen Pastis PUB DATE: August 31, 2021 (TODAY) This has got to be the most random comic book my kids & I have ever read! It was silly, extremely random & weird. One of my 6 year olds gave it a 5 star rating and thought the ending was pretty funny with the blank comic strips and my other two give it 4 stars. I really don't even know what happened in the book after reading it. Initially I thought it was subtle and funny social commentary a Squirrel Do Bad (Trubble Town #1) written & illustrated by Stephen Pastis PUB DATE: August 31, 2021 (TODAY) This has got to be the most random comic book my kids & I have ever read! It was silly, extremely random & weird. One of my 6 year olds gave it a 5 star rating and thought the ending was pretty funny with the blank comic strips and my other two give it 4 stars. I really don't even know what happened in the book after reading it. Initially I thought it was subtle and funny social commentary about what happens when Karens accuse others of things that didn't happen and an unjust justice system but it just got too random. A little girl named Wendy who has an over-protective father sneaks out and accidentally gives a sugary drink called a mooshy to a squirrel who on a sugar high wrecks havoc on their little town, Trubble. My kids thought it was funny, silly & enjoyable. The full-color illustrations are in the Pearl Before Swine comics style which is also by Stephen Pastis! And there's a cameo from the alligator from that comic. This comic is perfect for 5 to 7 year olds who like being silly. Thank you simon kids for sending us this funny comic book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Squirrel Do Bad is a wonderful and entertaining book for young readers by Stephan Pastis. I found it be a fun and delightful story to read. It is, also, the start to the Trubble Town series. Even though it is a book for younger readers, I enjoyed it and laughed at all that went on. The pictures perfectly follow the story and so vibrant and colorful that hard not to capture one’s eye. Readers will be captivated and be able to hold their attention and continue reading to find out what happens all Squirrel Do Bad is a wonderful and entertaining book for young readers by Stephan Pastis. I found it be a fun and delightful story to read. It is, also, the start to the Trubble Town series. Even though it is a book for younger readers, I enjoyed it and laughed at all that went on. The pictures perfectly follow the story and so vibrant and colorful that hard not to capture one’s eye. Readers will be captivated and be able to hold their attention and continue reading to find out what happens all the way to the end. Squirrel Do Bad is getting a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for young readers who are between the ages of seven and thirteen. I look forward to reading more books like this from Stephan Pastis and his Trubble Town series in the future. This would make a great gift and a wonderful addition to the local or school library. I received a hard cover copy of Squirrel Do Bad from the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    E.A.

    My Rating: 4.5 Stars My Recommendation: High (I received this book free from Rockstar book tours in exchange for my honest review) This is a cute fun read for readers of all ages and a perfect book if you have say a children's circle reading or even for parents and child reading time at home. The artwork was fun and unique. The word buddles were easy to follow and the text was the perfect size. I liked all the stories and the tone of the overall book. The book has a good message and delivers it in My Rating: 4.5 Stars My Recommendation: High (I received this book free from Rockstar book tours in exchange for my honest review) This is a cute fun read for readers of all ages and a perfect book if you have say a children's circle reading or even for parents and child reading time at home. The artwork was fun and unique. The word buddles were easy to follow and the text was the perfect size. I liked all the stories and the tone of the overall book. The book has a good message and delivers it in fun and interesting ways. This book will keep your attention and keep your eyes glued to the pages. I believe this would make a pretty good cartoon, one I would defiantly watch. Overall this book is worth your time, especially if you're on the hunt for a new book for your young reader. I hope you give this one a chance, you won't regret it. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Rose

    A perfect graphic novel in so many ways. 1) Perfect for young readers to feel competence and confidence; 2) wet your pants funny for adults assisting or reading with the young readers. Sesame St. is brilliant with humor appealing to varied demographics adults/preschoolers; in this book, Stephan Pastis succeeds as well. The narrative is an absurd parable of our times and our values; young readers will find it hysterical and may not know that it's a parody, but that's okay. I adore Pearls Before S A perfect graphic novel in so many ways. 1) Perfect for young readers to feel competence and confidence; 2) wet your pants funny for adults assisting or reading with the young readers. Sesame St. is brilliant with humor appealing to varied demographics adults/preschoolers; in this book, Stephan Pastis succeeds as well. The narrative is an absurd parable of our times and our values; young readers will find it hysterical and may not know that it's a parody, but that's okay. I adore Pearls Before Swine and I love that some of those characters make cameo appearances here. A fun and wonderful graphic novel. Thank you Stephan Pastis.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Squirrel Do Bad is the first book in the new Trubble Town series. It's a fun little graphic novel done by the author behind the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, so if you're a fan of that, you'll love this book. The story follows Wendy, a little girl in Trubble Town. Wendy's dad is super overprotective, and she's never had the chance to explore her town. But when her dad goes on a trip and hires a babysitter who is useless, Wendy decides now's her chance to go out and see what she's been missing. Squirrel Do Bad is the first book in the new Trubble Town series. It's a fun little graphic novel done by the author behind the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, so if you're a fan of that, you'll love this book. The story follows Wendy, a little girl in Trubble Town. Wendy's dad is super overprotective, and she's never had the chance to explore her town. But when her dad goes on a trip and hires a babysitter who is useless, Wendy decides now's her chance to go out and see what she's been missing. Unfortunately for Wendy, that means getting herself into a whole heap of trouble, thanks to one pesky little squirrel. I found this graphic novel to be silly, a bit ridiculous at times, and overall just good fun. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and they're done in the style of Pearls Before Swine, so it also feels both nostalgic and modern. Wendy is amusing, but it's the other people in town who really bring the book to life. And poor Squirrel just wanted a hot chocolate (aka a Mooshy). Middle-grade readers will enjoy this book, laughing out loud as they go on a wild adventure along with Wendy through Trubble Town. 4 stars!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angie Blocker

    This book was seriously CUTE!!! I loved everything about it. The titles of the chapters just cracked me up! I loved Wendy. I loved the lesson included in the story! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars from me!!! I recommend this book to everyone! I promise it will make you laugh. It is perfect for children!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Is there a metaphor here? Is it a fable, or an allegory, or a symbolic narrative? Or is it just silly? While it does take on bureaucratic inefficiency, anarchy, and mob mentality, mostly, it’s just super silly. The chapter numbers were very funny.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

    This is an oddball comic full of laughs. Loved the cameo by Larry (if you know Pearls Before Swine). Also in true Stephan Pastis fashion he pokes fun at himself through the chapter titles and a little surprise at the end. Very enjoyable!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenny T.

    An absurd (in the best sense) read/graphic novel using the butterfly effect to reveal problems in Trubble Town. I won this book as part of a prize pack and dropped my current read for some laughs from Stephan Pastis!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Meliss

    This ridiculous and goofy and dumb in the best way possible. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and kids will love it even more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    For the level of humor in here, it’s WAY too long. Not for me, fam.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele DeKinder-Smith

    cute

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    I am not a middle schooler but this graphic novel was sweet and funny and made me wish I had a little to read it to. If you have a little you should pick this quirky read up when it comes out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    Outstanding. I have been a huge fan of Pastis for years so I enjoyed this more than I can put into words.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole M. Hewitt

    This fun graphic novel is zany and kooky and never takes itself too seriously. The story follows Wendy who takes advantage of her overprotective father’s absence to see a bit of the world (well, her town). Along the way, she gives a squirrel a sugary drink and he ends up going on a rampage of sorts and destroying the town. Wendy must find a way to put things back together before her dad comes home and the squirrel tries to escape the harsh justice the town leaders want to bring. The story takes This fun graphic novel is zany and kooky and never takes itself too seriously. The story follows Wendy who takes advantage of her overprotective father’s absence to see a bit of the world (well, her town). Along the way, she gives a squirrel a sugary drink and he ends up going on a rampage of sorts and destroying the town. Wendy must find a way to put things back together before her dad comes home and the squirrel tries to escape the harsh justice the town leaders want to bring. The story takes some truly wacky twists and turns and there are lots of animal (and donut) side plots. And everything ends up getting wrapped up in some pretty unexpected ways! Kids who love goofy humor will get a kick out of this. The art style is pretty simplistic but fun, and the story goes in a lot of crazy directions, but it isn’t hard to follow. I passed my copy along to Bernie’s Book Bank, and I think any kid will be delighted to find this one in their bag of books! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Storytime

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Larson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Krisztina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Thom

  25. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sara Grochowski

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rob

  30. 5 out of 5

    Boni

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