The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan: 11/01/13
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan by Maxwell Eaton is the start of a new graphic novel series aimed at upper elementary school readers. Ace and Bub are beaver brothers. Ace loves surfing and Bub loves napping but when there's a crises they are an inseparable team.
In this first installment, the annual surfing contest is being threatened by "evil penguins." More precisely, they are eco-terrorists, bent on remaking the beavers' coastline home into an icy wasteland of Antarctic proportions.
Puns — verbal and visual abound. The penguins' ship, for instance is a giant refrigerator. Later the beavers follow the blue prints (both kinds) to find their way through the ship.
So while there is an underlying message of the evils of global warming, this graphic novel avoids the usual temptation to impose a moral. It is basically a fast paced, silly and entertaining caper.