Notebook of Doom, #1: Rise of the Balloon Goons


Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Alexander has just moved to a new town where he is about to uncover all sorts of monsters! He finds an old notebook with the word "DOOM" inscribed on the front cover. The Notebook of Doom, which Alexander now holds, contains top secret information about monsters! In this first book, Alexander goes up against spooky balloon goons--unique and twisted arm-waving balloon guys! This book is full of humor, engaging black-and-white illlustrations, and of course . . . monsters!--from the publisher

96 pages    978-0545493239   Ages  6-9

Editor's Note: This is the Branches imprint. Each series usually has four titles. This series has 13 to date. Wonderful series for transitional readers who are headed into chapter book territory but aren't enthusiastic readers...yet.


Troy Cummings begins his series, The Notebook of Doom, with this story featuring arm-waving bendy advertising balloons. Alexander Bopp has just moved to town and finds these monster balloon goons everywhere he goes. His new class has been temporarily moved to the hospital morgue, where his teacher nicknames him "Salamander Snott." Lots of black and white illustrations and sketches of monsters from The Notebook of Doom, that Alexander finds in the collapsing old school building, add to the spooky humorous story. Can Alexander and his new classmate, Rip Bonkowski, save the town of Stermont?

If you like this series starter, read more ... #2: Day of the Night Crawlers; #3: Attack of the Shadow Smashers; and #4: Chomp of the Meat-eating Vegetables.

 96 pages        978-0545493239         Ages  6-9


Recommended by M.Ferner, Librarian, New York USA

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