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Matt loves Monster Zap cards. No, no, Matt LOVES Monster Zap cards. He has Monster Zap toys, reads Monster Zap books and wears Monster Zap underwear. Matt and his friends like to trade the cards at...
Matt loves Monster Zap cards. No, no, Matt LOVES Monster Zap cards. He has Monster Zap toys, reads Monster Zap books and wears Monster Zap underwear. Matt and his friends like to trade the cards at...
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  • Matt loves Monster Zap cards. No, no, Matt LOVES Monster Zap cards. He has Monster Zap toys, reads Monster Zap books and wears Monster Zap underwear. Matt and his friends like to trade the cards at school, as the schoolyard is so empty and dirty, there isn't much else for them to do at recess. But when kids start fighting over Monster Zap and the cards are banned, Matt realizes that the school has big problems, maybe even bigger problems than the fights the cards caused. With the help of their teacher, and a superhero in disguise, Matt and his classmates set out to save Monster Zap and end up doing a lot more than that.

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  • Jeff Szpirglas is the author of several works for young people, including the horror collections Tales from Beyond the Brain and Tales from the Fringes of Fear. He is also the co-author, with Danielle Saint-Onge, of a number of Orca Echoes titles, including Shark Bait!, X Marks the Spot and Messy Miranda. Jeff has worked at CTV and was an editor at Chirp, Chickadee and Owl magazines. In his spare time, he teaches second grade. Jeff lives with his family in Kitchener, Ontario.

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  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2016
    The kids in Matt's class love to play with Monster Zap cards during recess, but now their principal has banned them, leaving the child scrambling to find a solution for recess despair. Monster Zap cards seem to be a lot like Yu-Gi-Oh!: tradable cards that children buy, have battles with, and sometimes lose. Since the recess area is a trashy concrete wasteland surrounded by mud, the cards offer one of the only available diversions for the white grade schooler and his multiracial friends. Mr. Leon, the principal, isn't unsympathetic; he just sees that the cards cause conflicts of their own. Matt, inspired by his innovative and creative black teacher, comes up with a plan to bring back the cards--but in a constructive way that even leads to both a cleanup of the playground and a return of a limited amount of other recess activities. All of this problem-solving is presented in a story suitable for readers just transitioning to chapter books, so Whamond has supplied plenty of appealing, cartoonlike, black-and-white illustrations to accompany the simple, large-print text. The tale is action-driven with little room for character development, but the reasonably believable kid-initiated resolution is satisfying enough to render that immaterial. A good choice for emergent readers who might like to promote improvements to their schools. (Fiction. 6-9)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2017

    Gr 1-4-The boys at Matt's school are crazy for Monster Zap, a popular television show and card game. Matt and his friend Tyler get in a fight over a prized Gross Eyeball card. The principal soon bans the cards from school, declaring that they are a bad influence. Matt and his friends are distraught and try to come up with a plan to still play the game at school. Matt tries drawing the cards, but things get out of hand when other students create a card that insults the principal. He realizes that he needs to work together with the school principal to find a solution that not only helps his friends but also benefits the school at large. This is a story about problem-solving and creating ways to make one's environment a better place. It reads like a simpler version of Tom Angleberger's The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda. The writing is aimed at emerging or struggling readers, and the content is high-interest.

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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