Synopses & Reviews
This hybrid comic/chapter book from spouses Schade and Buller (Scarlett: A Star on the Run) revolves around Anne an 11 year old forced to move back to her grandparents’ cookie cutter suburb when her eccentric father abandons the family to try out his “latest wacky invention.” Anne’s spirulina bagels attract the eye of classmate Brendan who makes the title’s joke. He’s also the winner of last year’s school talent show which piles more tension on Anne; she’s thinking of entering the show with her new friend Otto who offers her social support and musical collaboration. Meanwhile Anne uncovers evidence that her father has more to do with the comedy TV show they adored watching together (it’s a Simpsons clone) than she knew. Used in both spot illustrations and panels the duotone artwork is strongest in dream sequences that show Anne wrestling with her father’s betrayal and her love for him. While the dialogue sometimes turns smarmy (“Show ’em you like it” says Otto suggesting that they name their musical duo the Green Bagels. “And you’re proud to be who you are”) it’s breezy entertainment with a suitably happy ending. Ages 7–10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
On her first day at her new school, Anne is saddled with the nickname Anne of Green Bagels, thanks to the health-food sandwich her grandmother has made her for lunch. Can things get any worse? Already her father has left home to try out his newest crackpot invention, the Pedestrian Mobile Home, and her mother has moved them from New Mexico to the cookie-cutter community of Megatown. Then she meets Otto, who shares her interest in music and in her favorite TV show, The Blimptons. Together they prepare to enter the school talent show with an original composition - Wolfman Stomp. When Anne sees the drawings in a childhood notebook of her father's, she wonders -- could it be that he was the real inventor of the Blimptons? And can she somehow get him to come home and claim the credit he deserves?