The Resource Do not open!, by Mark Parisi

Do not open!, by Mark Parisi

Label
Do not open!
Title
Do not open!
Statement of responsibility
by Mark Parisi
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When middle schooler Marty Pants discovers an alien plot to take over the world, no one, not his best friends Parker and Roongrat or his family or arch-enemy, Simon, believe him, so it is up to Mary to investigate and save the world
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Tone
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 Showing uncommon mastery of the Wimpy Kid genre and narrative style, syndicated cartoonist Parisi introduces a feckless lad with artistic aspirations, a strong tendency to be seen in humiliating situations by intriguing new classmate Analie, and the conviction that his dour teacher, Mr. McPhee, is an alien scout. Simple line drawings on every page help lay down punch lines as they portray Marty and his motley set of friends and adversaries. So, too, do they present Marty’s artistic efforts—notably a hastily censored comic featuring an innuendo-laden conversation between Michelangelo’s David and the Venus de Milo (“Venus, why do we get along so well?” “I can’t put my finger on it, Dave”). As it turns out, there is an alien in the picture (not McPhee), and Marty inadvertently saves the world—not that anyone is ever going to believe him. Along with useful new vocabulary (philistine, schadenfreude), readers will find gags and misadventures aplenty to chortle over, plus a likable, if unusually clueless, everylad who comes away a winner. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 3/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 14, p64)
  • Gr 3–5—Another cartoon novel in the tradition of the "Wimpy Kid" series. Like other protagonists in this genre, Marty deals with small-time bullies, misunderstood school assignments, and clueless parents. Marty is more than a little clueless himself. He finds a note that says "An alien is observing you." Marty immediately pegs the alien as his taciturn teacher Mr. McPhee. He follows his teacher around, even breaking into his computer and rear-ending his car. It's too bad Marty remains oblivious to a new student, Analie, who seems to be everywhere Marty is, takes copious notes about his adventures, and even talks in a robotic voice. This incident-packed book features the usual bathroom humor, physical antics (for instance, a scene where Marty falls into a garbage can), and other situations bound to amuse young readers. This cartoonish novel is an easy pick for reluctant readers. VERDICT Hand to fans of goofy, illustrated novels.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY --Lillian Hecker (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p91)
  • Not all philistines are aliens, but Marty is pretty sure at least one of them is.Marty Pants is an artist—has been since birth—and he always wears black. However, his teacher, Mr. McPhee, tries to discourage Marty's artistic tendencies, especially when Marty submits self-drawn comics in lieu of factual essays for assignments. When Marty finds a note saying "AN ALIEN IS OBSERVING YOU," Marty seeks the advice of his friend Parker. She tells him to stop watching so many alien movies. When Marty finds a folder on Mr. McPhee's computer marked with the titular instruction, he of course disobeys and spots the word "annihilate." Of course: McPhee is an alien bent on planetary destruction. Marty must save the world while dodging bullies and avoiding his perfect older sister, Erica (who "changes the spelling [of her name] almost as often as she changes her mood," which makes for an amusing running gag). However, Marty keeps ending up in embarrassing situations…all while being observed by the quiet new girl, Analie. Can Marty save the world? Off the Mark cartoonist Parisi's prose-and-cartoon series kickoff is a winner. Clueless, conclusion-jumping, creative kid Marty's artistic streak and an unexpected twist make this stand out. All the characters are paper white, but Parker's exuberantly kinky black hair may allow some readers to see in her a child of color. Just different enough from the others in the genre to be a welcome addition. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-11)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10557289
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parisi, Mark
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.1.P3585
LC item number
Do 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
  • 3.8.
  • Level 3.8.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Marty Pants
Series volume
1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Humorous stories
  • Threats
  • Best friends
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Humorous stories
  • Threats
  • Best friends
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Best friends
  • Humorous stories
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Threats
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Do not open!, by Mark Parisi
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956688087
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9780062427762
Lccn
2016053471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956688087
Label
Do not open!, by Mark Parisi
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn956688087
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9780062427762
Lccn
2016053471
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956688087

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