The Odds (The Odds #1)

by Matt Stanton (Author) Matt Stanton (Illustrator)

The Odds (The Odds #1)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: The Odds

From the bestselling author of the Funny Kid series, Matt Stanton, comes The Odds, the start of a hilarious and heartwarming graphic novel series about identity, imagination, and the joy of discovering who you really are.

Kip is a quiet kid in a loud city. She's easy to miss and that's the way she likes it. Then one day Kip's quiet life is suddenly interrupted. Ten of her favorite characters have stepped out of their worlds and into hers.But what happens when a dragon-hunting rabbit leaves his comic strip? When an old man leaves his picture book? When a ninja leaves her TV show, a race-car driver leaves their video game, and a dinosaur turns up from Kip's nightmares? It's a hilariously touching graphic novel from all-star author Matt Stanton about finding friendships and the fears of growing up.

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Kirkus Reviews

An oddly satisfying story.

Publisher's Weekly

Without any friends at school, young Kip avoids her classmates, imagining herself invisible, and dreads Ms. O’s project to present what makes her unique. But when a small army of fictional characters-including Lance the bunny, the star of her father’s comic, and Mr. Pink, a re-creation of the long-lost stuffed toy Kip’s late mother gave her-spring from Kip’s mind, their assertive personalities ("We don’t hide," they write when Kip and her father, who both have brown skin, attempt to lock them away) challenge Kip to embrace herself just as she is. In this graphic novel debut, seasoned picture book creator Stanton conjures poignant moments amid a repetitive, meandering plot. Simple, straightforward line art, dominated by head-on shots, creates a quick read-reminiscent of gag-focused works such as the Catwad series-that promises a lesson about embracing oneself and becomes a story of strengthening bonds via mutual grief. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. 

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Publication date
January 20, 2022
The Odds
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008080 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Fantasy
Library of Congress categories
Characters in literature
Characters and characteristics in literature
Identity (Psychology)
Graphic novels

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