Cammuso, Frank. 2008. KNIGHTS OF THE LUNCH TABLE: THE DODGEBALL CHRONICLES. New York: Scholastic. ISBN 9780439903226 [Suggested Grade Levels 4-7]
Camelot Middle School isn’t your ordinary middle school. There’s the locker Artie King is assigned that has never been opened. The student that can open it will be a king to all students. There are the ladies of the lunch that tell the future by reading the lunch menu. Mr. Merlyn the science teacher seems nice but is weird. Then there’s dodgeball. The Knights of the Lunch Table must play the Horde to defend their honor and help Mr. Merlyn keep his job. Children might not understand all of the references to King Arthur of Camelot, but they will be able to relate to the characters. Adult readers will get a chuckle from the antics of Artie King as he tries to fit in to his new school. The story line is easy to understand by looking at the brightly colored illustrations. This graphic novel is easy to read panel to panel and pleasing to the eye with its thick lines and cartoony art.
Visit author Frank Cammuso’s website and read his blog. Research what type of schooling it takes to become a graphic novelist.
Have a how-to-draw class and create a class comic.
Play a round of dodgeball or visit Scholastic’s website and play online dodgeball.
Other graphic novels that children will enjoy:
Morse, Scott. MAGIC PICKLE. ISBN 9780439879958
Steinberg, D.J. SOUND OFF! #1 (DANIEL BOOM AKA LOUD BOY). ISBN 978-0448446981
By Jane Jergensen