The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid
Warning! Anyone caught reading this notebook without my permission will be tossed in the bayou with a rabid snapping turtle! Seriously, I mean it!My name is Russell Weinwright and if you think you've got problems in middle school, try being a half kid, half algae swamp creature who's terrible at sports! It's not easy. I eat sunlight for lunch, I've got duck weed for hair, and I think a frog might be living in my tree trunk arm. I'm literally pond scum! Some kids call me Swamp Kid, but my best friends Charlotte and Preston keep me sane.I wish I could let you read this notebook to get the real scoop on being an eighth-grade outsider (please ignore the doodles and ketchup stains!), but things have gotten a little crazy lately. Men in black are spying on me, my science teacher might be an evil mastermind, and a hulking beast in the bayou may or may not be my super swamp mentor. Believe me, you don't wanna know! Turn back now!This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you'll never look at middle school the same way again.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid Details

TitleThe Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid
Author
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherDC Zoom
ISBN-139781401290689
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Humor, Comics, Superheroes

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid Review

  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    Probably my favorite of those recent cartoons based on super-heroes book for kids I read. This one also uses the cartoon style, but it uses the doodle style and the dairy as well. Mixed of style to present us the Swamp Thing has a teen. The various styles allow the book to present more content and keep the reader more into it, more dynamic. It has humor, cool artwork and a good enough story. Better than expected after reading Superman of Smallville and DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High.
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    Update! Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....I was sent this one for review by the publishers. I really enjoyed it and was very surprised by how invested I was in the characters and the plot. I'll have a full review of this one posted tomorrow.
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  • Conley Carr
    January 1, 1970
    "I liked the football parts. Those parts weren't scary. The Big Swamp Thing and the Little Swamp Thing was so cool. I want to turn into a Big Swap Thing. The Rat was scary." -Conley, age 4
  • Cadence Carr
    January 1, 1970
    "So cool they won when they worked together. I'm glad Swamp Thing wasn't a bad guy." -Cadee, age 7
  • Kate Waggoner
    January 1, 1970
    @KidLitExchange #partnerThank you to @DCComics, @DCZoomBooks, and @KirkScroggs for sharing an advance copy of The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid with the #KidLitExchange network. This graphic novel hit shelves on October 1, 2019. All opinions are my own. Russell Weinwright is half boy, half plant and has been nicknamed Swamp Kid by his classmates. He is an excessive notebook doodler and The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is told via Russell's spiral notebook. It details his adventures to bet @KidLitExchange #partnerThank you to @DCComics, @DCZoomBooks, and @KirkScroggs for sharing an advance copy of The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid with the #KidLitExchange network. This graphic novel hit shelves on October 1, 2019. All opinions are my own. Russell Weinwright is half boy, half plant and has been nicknamed Swamp Kid by his classmates. He is an excessive notebook doodler and The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is told via Russell's spiral notebook. It details his adventures to better understand his powers, find Swamp Thing, and avoid the mysterious and evil Arcane and his henchmen. This story is hilarious. Russell's voice is engaging and pulls you into the story. I love that the story is not only told from his perspective, but that all of the doodles and illustrations are supposedly also by Russell. In fact, at the end of the story Preston, one of Russell's friends, suggest they turn his spiral into a graphic novel. The book is full of jokes and I laughed out loud a few times. I also love how much narrative and writing is actually in this book. It is a graphic novel and every page is full of illustrations and pictures, but it isn't told in the traditional comic book style. Rather it is a notebook with paragraphs of writing and doodles interjected throughout (there's even a ketchup stain). Middle school and upper elementary students will be captivated by the humor and action of this graphic novel. I think it would be a real hit in my classroom library.
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Russell Weinwright, your average half-human half-swamp creature, just trying to survive the 8th grade with his best friend Charlotte and new pal Preston...although Russell’s middle-school problems include trying to navigate his wonky abilities, getting enough sunlight to eat, dodging his maybe mad scientist teacher, avoiding the shady men in black goons who have appeared in town, and meeting a kinda real swamp creature legend, all while documenting his crazy life in his very personal, do-no Meet Russell Weinwright, your average half-human half-swamp creature, just trying to survive the 8th grade with his best friend Charlotte and new pal Preston...although Russell’s middle-school problems include trying to navigate his wonky abilities, getting enough sunlight to eat, dodging his maybe mad scientist teacher, avoiding the shady men in black goons who have appeared in town, and meeting a kinda real swamp creature legend, all while documenting his crazy life in his very personal, do-not-read-thank-you-very-much spiral notebook. Kirk Scroggs’ The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is a fun, laugh-out-loud middle-grade graphic novel, that introduces the classic world of Swamp Thing, for a younger audience, through the eyes of Russell, aka Swamp Kid. While Swamp Thing and his history play an important role in The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid, this is very much Russell’s story, as told by himself. And what a wildly humorous and exciting story it is! Young readers will enjoy Russell’s quirky sense of humor and the honest, yet amusingly over-the-top, way he portrays the world around him. Scroggs’ crafts an engaging tale, full of mystery, adventure, cool sci-fi and mad scientisty elements, endearing young characters, a nice helping of heart. Readers familiar with the world of Swamp Thing will appreciate the snippets and easter eggs the author has sprinkled throughout. And of course, no graphic novel is complete without its illustrations! Scroggs fills Russell’s notebook with charming, perfectly silly and fun, giggle-inducing pictures that wonderfully capture Russell’s story. Pitch-perfect humor, fun over-the-top adventure, unforgettable characters, and an important message about embracing one’s differences, make The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid a great choice for young graphic novel fans!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Ordinarily I am not a fan of graphic novels. I am not against them at all; I grew up on comic books. But as I grew older, the two visual operations of print and picture fought against each other in my head. Reading graphic novels is higher-level thinking. They aren’t soothing bedtime reading for me. That being said, I don’t think Swamp Boy could be presented in any other format successfully. I read this book because I read a positive review in the newspaper and it sounded like fun. It did not di Ordinarily I am not a fan of graphic novels. I am not against them at all; I grew up on comic books. But as I grew older, the two visual operations of print and picture fought against each other in my head. Reading graphic novels is higher-level thinking. They aren’t soothing bedtime reading for me. That being said, I don’t think Swamp Boy could be presented in any other format successfully. I read this book because I read a positive review in the newspaper and it sounded like fun. It did not disappoint. The paper mentioned the advantages of his journaling, and that grabbed me, former writing teacher that I am. What a great presentation of narrative writing, not to mention a perfect technique for gathering/creating detail. Russell Weinwright, Swamp Kid, has a keen sense of humor and a strong sense of observation. This book is often guaranteed to make you smile. The good guys win; even the bullies are outsmarted expertly without too much angst. The Secret Journal of Swamp Kid is a terrific middle grade book, free of expletives, full of creativity and fun. And it is a good writing tool should you wish to delve in that direction.
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  • Maggie Carr
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC from School Library Journal in return for an honest review. I enjoyed sharing Swamp Kid with my kids, they are both under that target age group of 8-12 but we still enjoyed reading it together as a family. This was only the second graphic novel I have shared with them, the first being a traditional super hero. It was nice to introduce a theme about embracing your own differences and being your own hero. The science behind "eating" sunlight yielded a fun plant life discussion I received this ARC from School Library Journal in return for an honest review. I enjoyed sharing Swamp Kid with my kids, they are both under that target age group of 8-12 but we still enjoyed reading it together as a family. This was only the second graphic novel I have shared with them, the first being a traditional super hero. It was nice to introduce a theme about embracing your own differences and being your own hero. The science behind "eating" sunlight yielded a fun plant life discussion for us, though both kids said "yuck" to talking up brussel sprouts, even if they made lots of money for it. As for my additional thoughts, I liked the origin story, how Swamp Kid came to live with his adoptive parents. The text and illustrations reflect and interracial, interfaith family that doesn't let differences keep them from loving one another. My daughter has already asked if she can share Swamp Kid with her friends so that speaks volumes to her praise.
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  • RedPoppyReading
    January 1, 1970
    “The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid,” by @kirkscroggs is pure fun! Middle schooler Russell Weinwright is pond scum, literally. He was discovered as a baby and adopted by a human family. Russell is trying to figure out where he came from and who he is, all while navigating the classes and halls of middle school. Thanks to two great friends and Swamp Thing, Russell learns about his powers, gains confidence and saves the school. This book is written in journal form with lots of drawings and comic segme “The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid,” by @kirkscroggs is pure fun! Middle schooler Russell Weinwright is pond scum, literally. He was discovered as a baby and adopted by a human family. Russell is trying to figure out where he came from and who he is, all while navigating the classes and halls of middle school. Thanks to two great friends and Swamp Thing, Russell learns about his powers, gains confidence and saves the school. This book is written in journal form with lots of drawings and comic segments, perfect for reluctant readers and kids who love Dog Man and Big Nate. My eight year old and five year old loved this book! We highly recommend it!Pick it up today – it was released October 1, 2019. For ages 8-12. Thanks to the author and publisher for sharing this book with #kidlitexchange and thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid' by Kirk Scroggs is a graphic novel in the DC Zoom line of books for younger readers.Middle school is tough enough, what with social pressure and mysterious food being served in the cafeteria. When you're Russell Weinwright, and half boy, half swamp creature, it's worse. With one arm longer than the other, and a carrot for a finger, his life is strange at best. When he starts having visions of the Swamp Thing, he's not sure what to do, but there is som 'The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid' by Kirk Scroggs is a graphic novel in the DC Zoom line of books for younger readers.Middle school is tough enough, what with social pressure and mysterious food being served in the cafeteria. When you're Russell Weinwright, and half boy, half swamp creature, it's worse. With one arm longer than the other, and a carrot for a finger, his life is strange at best. When he starts having visions of the Swamp Thing, he's not sure what to do, but there is something mysterious going on.I had fun reading this ebook. It's in the form of a diary with drawings, like other similar middle school books that are popular. There are some inside jokes to the Swamp Thing series and movie. I liked the drawings and I think this would be a fun read for middle grade readers.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I ended up liking this read a lot more than I first thought. With Swamp Thing never floating my boat I thought a 'Diary of a Swampy Kid' reboot/origins story, with little humour, would not work. But you know what? It did. (Although I still think some of the science stuff, where his sidekick finds a DNA strand or something with a household microscope, is definitely on the not-gonna-work side.) It's not an earth-shattering read, but for this target audience it's engaging, and let's face it, Well, I ended up liking this read a lot more than I first thought. With Swamp Thing never floating my boat I thought a 'Diary of a Swampy Kid' reboot/origins story, with little humour, would not work. But you know what? It did. (Although I still think some of the science stuff, where his sidekick finds a DNA strand or something with a household microscope, is definitely on the not-gonna-work side.) It's not an earth-shattering read, but for this target audience it's engaging, and let's face it, comic books and these visual diaries share a lot of common ground. It does actually break out into pure comic at times, but whatever the style and format, this is a success.
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  • Susan T
    January 1, 1970
    Russell Weinwright is the swamp kid. He was adopted by human parents after he was found in the swamp. he goes to school (maybe high school) and is has a few friends Charlotte and Nil (the video-graph-er). things grow out of him. to help people. while running track a tendril grew out of him so he won. strange people in black sun glasses following him they want to have some of his DNA so they can live longer. he goes into the swamp to meet swamp man (possibly his father) Kinda slap stick funny
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting take on swamp monster legends. The Swamp Kid was found by two humans who adopt him as a baby. Scroggs picks up with his life in middle school. He looks half human/half plant. He lives a fairly normal life - family, school, friends. The obligatory evil nemesis is never actually seen but his minions are everywhere in the town. He is searching for the formula that turned people into swamp creatures. Arcane wants it for the power it brings. This is balanced against a middle grader trying Interesting take on swamp monster legends. The Swamp Kid was found by two humans who adopt him as a baby. Scroggs picks up with his life in middle school. He looks half human/half plant. He lives a fairly normal life - family, school, friends. The obligatory evil nemesis is never actually seen but his minions are everywhere in the town. He is searching for the formula that turned people into swamp creatures. Arcane wants it for the power it brings. This is balanced against a middle grader trying to fit in and also save the world.Plenty of humor for middle grade readers.
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  • Court
    January 1, 1970
    This is absolutely hilarious. I had no idea how a "Swamp Thing for kids" would work (Swampy's line "most of my adventures are R-Rated" killed me). This is the perfect combination of fun, silly, gross humor and engaging art. It really does sound and look like the type of diary a kid would write. It has enough fun Swamp Thing comic and movie references (couple nice Easter egg nods to the Craven film) but not so many that a kid would be lost. I loved this.ARC acquired at ALA Annual 2019 This is absolutely hilarious. I had no idea how a "Swamp Thing for kids" would work (Swampy's line "most of my adventures are R-Rated" killed me). This is the perfect combination of fun, silly, gross humor and engaging art. It really does sound and look like the type of diary a kid would write. It has enough fun Swamp Thing comic and movie references (couple nice Easter egg nods to the Craven film) but not so many that a kid would be lost. I loved this.ARC acquired at ALA Annual 2019, provided by DC Comics/DC Zoom.
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  • Runa Seidr
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book a lot! The story was amusing and cute and held my daughters' attention to the end. We both enjoyed the artwork. The idea of a monster being adopted by human parents and sent to a human school isn't a new one (it reminded me of Monster High series in a way) but was still well done. He goes through the usual middle-school muddles but always comes out on top through some silly antics.
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  • Jenny Claiborne
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book for an honest review.The last couple of years it has been increasingly difficult to find a good read for boys. Swamp Kid delivers. It's funny, has great illustrations, and with only a paragraph or two per page is not intimidating for those struggling to read. We will definitely be buying this book for our library...I already know a few fellas who would love to check it out!
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  • Rowan Lane
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best new reads from DC's more youth focused line. While the Swamp Thing is a strange story to pull into the kid world, this book is a fun and unique approach. A humorous approach to a kid discovering his powers story with fun illustrations. Certainly has similarities to other works like Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
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  • Lauren Paletta
    January 1, 1970
    Swamp thing in high school! Such a young boy's tale of navigating high school as not just different or unique, but truly a swamp monster. If high school wasn't hard enough. Great use of a journal format, with lots of drawings and first person point of view, that keeps all readers entertained! Really enjoyed this!!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    A fun comic about Swamp Kid who is kind of like Swamp man only dealing with middle school issues like being average at sports, dealing with bullies and also random people following them around suspiciously. A very funny graphic novel about being a sort of superhero while still trying to be a kid.
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  • Jannah mohamed
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this book it was interesting and easy to read. I also loved how the story was told.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    A worthy super kid origin story, with a nice balance of humor and drama, light on danger and suspense, copiously and excellently illustrated. Should be popular.
  • Fiction State Of Mind
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute journal style look at the life of a young teen who has many of the powers of Swamp Thing. The layout is journal format with really fun illustrations and a fun story.
  • Marcus Gilfert
    January 1, 1970
    Not my cup of tea.
  • Amanda Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Quite an amusing little story with amazing drawings and illustrations. This book will really spark your imagination.
  • Alex Warp
    January 1, 1970
    Super fun scientific journal (NOT a diary, as Swamp Kid would like you to know:) ) I can't recommend highly enough: hilarious, strange, fresh, and charming.
  • Mompop
    January 1, 1970
    maybe 3.5 - recommend this book for "personal" collections (I think in school libraries, expect to have scribbles in the extras section like the maze)
  • Gabriel (Gabriels_universe)
    January 1, 1970
    This was definitely one my favorite graphic novels I’ve read this year!
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