The Rise of Herk

illus. by Doug TenNapel. 208p. (Nnewts: Bk. 2). Scholastic/Graphix. Feb. 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780545676526; pap. $10.99. ISBN 9780545676540; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9780545925624.
Gr 4–8—Herk and his sister Sissy are recovering from their battles with the Lizzarks and their continued fight to take over control of Amphibopolis. Just when they think they are safe, the Lizzarks launch another full blown attack on the city. Along the way, Sissy does research on their long lost brother who may aid the Lizzarks in destroying Amphibopolis. TenNapel's signature art style is on full display here. His bold lines are contrasted with vast stretches of deep dark colors to create the ominous space world. The action sequences are chock full of monsters and explosions making this a perfect choice for reluctant readers. New readers may have a difficult time following along since there is little to no recap of the events of Escape from the Lizzarks. A cliffhanger leaves room for additional titles in the series.
Color by Katherine Garner. In this second graphic novel (Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks), Nnewt Herk is enjoying homemade food with his new adoptive family when a Lizzark attacks. Mom takes quick action by using "the Internnewt" to send word of the invasion. An all-out battle ensues, and the Nnewts struggle to save Amphibopolis from the villainous reptiles. Glossy, deep-colored panel art depicts the intense action and quirky cast of creatures.

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