OVERRIDE

Bad for You

Exposing the War on Fun!

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham; illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle

Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

SHOULD U.S. COMICS BE BANNED?

“SATANIC” HARRY POTTER BOOKS BURNT

PLAYGROUNDS POSE THREAT TO CHILDREN

TEXT-MAD YOUTH LOSING WRITING ABILITIES

CHILD SUSPENDED FOR BRANDISHING CHICKEN

SOCIAL WEBSITES HARM CHILDREN’S BRAINS

STUDENT ARRESTED FOR “PASSING GAS” AT SCHOOL

 

These are all real headlines screaming about the terrible stuff that’s out there . . . stuff that’s supposed to be BAD FOR YOU. But, honestly—is it?!

Bad for You asks this question and many more—and not just about the things that modern parents fear like violent video games, social media, and dirty hands. Stuff in this book goes back centuries—all the way to Plato (yeah, that one) and his worries over the new “technology” of his time: the written word! Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham cleverly expose the long-standing CAMPAIGN AGAINST FUN for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were. Bad for You presents the facts, figures, and a whole lot more—in eye-grabbing graphics—to debunk these myths and give kids the power to prove there’s nothing wrong with having fun . . . or with being young.

REVIEWS

Praise for Bad for You

"The writers clearly fall on the side of fun and make little effort to present convincing

counterarguments." - Booklist

 

"This book is funny, mind-boggling, entertaining, and completely educational. Make sure every teen gets a copy."– School Library Journal

 

"A survey of wet-blanketry through the ages." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Blindspot:

“With this graphic novel, Kevin Pyle has eloquently mapped out the line between youth and adulthood. He captures pivotal moments of transformation through pitch-perfect dialogue and surprising graphic inventions. Blindspot is everything that is great and unique about this art form.” —Peter Kuper, author/artist of Sticks and Stones

“This perfectly captures a shining moment of boyhood.” —Booklist

“Pyle uses the graphic novel format to powerful effect. . . .This is a very smart and humane graphic novel that . . . resonates with a broad emotional range.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Praise for Katman:

“The actions of these characters will make thoughtful readers reexamine their ideas about friendship, loyalty, and heroism.” —School Library Journal

“Inventive . . . an entertaining humanist parable.” —Booklist

 

Praise for Take What You Can Carry:

“An expressive view of the past that is both nostalgic and harshly realistic.” —Booklist

“Makes a powerful statement about respect, gratitude, and forgiveness.” —School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham; illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle

  • Kevin C. Pyle is the author and illustrator of numerous graphic novels and docu-comics, the most recent of which is Take What You Can Carry. He also teaches comics and enjoys hanging around with his wife, son, two cats, and a dog in their creaky old house in New Jersey.

    Scott Cunningham has written kids’ comics for DC, Archie, Nickelodeon Magazine and parodies for Mad. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, TEN cats and one dog. He thinks he has enough pets for now.

  • Kevin C. Pyle
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Bad for You

Exposing the War on Fun!

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham; illustrations by Kevin C. Pyle

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