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TOON LEVEL: 3
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 5+
READING LEVEL: Grades 2-3
LEXILE LEVEL: 500
GUIDED READING LEVEL: L
AUTHORS: Dean Haspiel, Jay Lynch
DIMENSIONS: 6" x 9"
About the Book
Mona and Joey can't stop fighting! When the Mighty Mojo decides to give his powerful costume to them, these argumentative twins fight so much they rip it in half. Now each one is only half as strong! Can Mo and Jo find a way to combine their powers, fight the evil Saw-Jaw and save their town? Two master cartoonists, writer Jay Lynch and artist Dean Haspiel, create a loving, tongue-in-cheek superhero tale where the kids’ biggest battle is just learning to get along.
Our Mo and Jo Fighting Together Forever Guide contains a Lesson Plan and Student Activity Sheet to support standards-based instruction in the classroom. Our free guides are designed by a team of passionate literacy experts who specialize in classroom instruction for grades K-3.
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About the Authors
Dean Haspiel, who drew Mo and Jo, used to read Fantastic Four and Shazam! when he was a kid. He admits that he used to fight with his brother all the time, too: “All siblings have a healthy rivalry, and so did we.” Dean has illustrated Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon’s The Escapist and drawn superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics. He has created his own comic character, Billy Dogma, and is the founder of the webcomic collective ACT-I-VATE. If he could have any superpower, he’d like to fly, “because that would just be cool!”
Jay Lynch, who wrote Mo and Jo’s story, loved to read funny superhero comics like Plastic Man when he was a kid. When he wasn’t reading comic books, he would draw his own cartoon characters on the sidewalk in front of his house—then hide in the bushes to hear what other kids had to say about his drawings! Jay grew up to become a legendary cartoonist and has helped create many popular humor products, including Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. If he could have any superpower, he’d like to know what color something is just by touching it.
"Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel's bold images and zippy colors; the high-quality production supplies good, old-fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop."
"The text is peppered with puns and some clever idiom work, reinforced by repetition as well as what’s happening in the clean panels and art."
"A book young children will relish."
"What better conflict can you have with superheroes when it's a duo that are also brother and sister?"
--Read About Comics
"Children will love the simple graphic format."
--School Library Journal
"I simply cannot recommend Mo and Jo and the other TOON Books enough for the primary grades. If you interact with K-3 students, you should not be without this book in your library."
--The Graphic Classroom