Monday, November 28, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow--and a SIGNED book giveaway!

I'm back again with another MMGM! (two weeks in a row--I'm so proud of me!)

This week I'm featuring JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW, by Nathan Bransford. A book I personally feel has a perfect title and cover to tell you what's in store:


 Here's how the publisher describes it:

Sixth-grader Jacob Wonderbar is a master when it comes to disarming and annihilating substitute teachers. But when he and his best friends, Sarah and Dexter, swap a spaceship for a corn dog, they embark on an outer space adventure. And between breaking the universe with an epic explosion, being kidnapped by a space pirate, and surviving a planet that reeks of burp breath, Jacob and his friends are in way over their heads. Action packed with an added dose of heart, Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow is sure to captivate middlegrade readers all over the universe.

I'm always looking for good books to recommend to those challenging boy-readers. So when I saw this one I had to pick up a copy. And it was everything I hoped it would be. Clever, funny,  and filled with all kinds of awesome random moments that kids will LOVE. It's a fun quick-read anyone will enjoy (trust me, grown-ups will be cracking up just as much as kids)--but it's ESPECIALLY great for reluctant readers. Short chapters, fast paced, and full of action to keep them turning those pages. I highly, highly recommend it.

Which is why I picked up an extra copy for you guys--and I even had it SIGNED by Nathan Bransford!!! (Who is extra super nice by the way)

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, December 3rd. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 4rh, International entries are--as always--welcome!

Ready? Go!

And don't forget to soak up all the other middle grade love going on in the blogosphere today. Check out these fabulous MMGM links:

- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!


- Gabrielle Prendergast champions another classic: THE SECRET GARDEN. Click HERE to read her feature.


- Barbara Watson is highlighting BRIGITTA OF THE WHITE FOREST. Click HERE to learn why she loves it.


- Jennifer Rumberger is spotlighting some of her favorite reads of the past few months. Click HERE to see what they were.


- Pam Torres is spreading the love for WOLVES OF THE BEYOND. Click HERE to read her review.


- Akossiwa Ketoglo is celebrating ZORA AND ME. Click HERE to see why you need to read it.


- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is howling for WOLF STORM. Click HERE to see why he loves it.


- Deb Marshall gives you 26 TIPS FOR SURVIVING GRADE SIX. Click HERE to see her feature.


- Sue Uhlig joins the MMGM fun with a spotlight on 2 fabulous Historicals: SELLING HOPE and ONE CRAZY SUMMER. Click HERE to learn more about them.



- Danika Dinsmore reminds us about the greatness of Anne McCaffrey. Click HERE to see why. 

-Rachel Seigel makes her MMGM debut with a review of BREADCRUMBS. Click HERE to welcome her to the group!

And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!

Happy Monday!

28 comments:

  1. This was a fun read. I already bought a copy for my interview with Nathan earlier this year so I'll let someone else win.

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  2. That looks like a cute book. Count me in. :).

    http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com

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  3. This looks like such a fun read - I've heard so many great things about it!

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  4. Well, who wouldn't want to read this book?! :)

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  5. This would make a great Christmas present for a couple 10-year-olds I know. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  6. A fun read is always welcome :) and thanks for the MMGM features.

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  7. Happy Monday back your way and thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I'm always trying to find books to recommend to my middle school students--especially my boys. This sounds fun! :)

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  9. I haven't read this one yet, but of course it's been on my list forever. :-)

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  10. I love the cover for this one! Been dying to read it, so thanks for the giveaway, Shannon!

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  11. I've been wanting to read this one and haven't yet, so thank you for the giveaway!

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  12. I've been planning to get this book for my husband for a Christmas gift because I think he would love it. Winning a signed copy would be PERFECT!

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  13. Awesome giveaway Shannon! I always planned to buy this, but with the list ever growing I thought I'd wait until my son is old enough to read it. If I don't win, I'll get it one day.

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  14. I loved this book. It was such a fun read. And just about perfect for my little brother.

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  15. What a great cover! A signed copy from Nathan would be heavenly.

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  16. thanks for the absolutely lovely giveaway Shannon, you always have such nice titles!!!

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  17. This does look like a great book for a reluctant reader. THANK YOU!!!

    GFC: Mary Preston

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. That looks like fun and I'm happy to see some MG sci fi. :-) (okay, it's obviously not hard sci fi if they're exchanging corn dogs for spaceships, but that's the kind of goofy sci fi so many of us love.)

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  19. I really want to read this. I thought I had won a copy but never received it. :( So I'll try again because I'm persistent. :)

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  20. This book looks like one that my reluctant readers would devour. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  21. Oh! I would love love to win a copy of this book :D Thank you for the chance. <3
    Love, Carina ~ carina-olsen@hotmail.com

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  22. Count me in for the drawing...sounds like a fun read!

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  23. I've seen this book around and thought it looked cute! Thanks for the post about it!

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  24. That is a great cover. Looks like something my son would have enjoyed reading when he was younger. Thanks for sharing about it.

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  25. hi miss shannon! oh wow! i love space stuff and i already love that book just from the cover and the blurb and what you said. im crossing my fingers and my toes and even my eyes that i could win it. :)
    ...hugs from lenny

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  26. I've been wanting to read Nathan's book for AGES (before it even came out). Thanks for the opportunity, woo! And thanks for the great list of linkies.

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