"The cartoon illustrations are simple, bold, and accessible. Teens who clue in to the comic's self-aware goofiness will enjoy this title."--School Library Journal"With chapters that are short, deliberately silly, and often hilarious...this book is a good grab for teens looking for a quick laugh."--Booklist"Teen Boat takes a wacky concept and places it in the realm of high school life."--VOYA, 3Q 2P M J
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This graphic short story collection is ridiculous, silly, and hilarious. It pokes fun at the genre, at the way teens are often portrayed, and yet, from my understanding of today's teen has points the readers can relate to.
Of course, the idea is wildly ludicrous...but it caused this old guy to crack up more than once, so I'm sure teens also will.
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Collaborators Dave Roman and John Green originally published the TEEN BOAT! mini-comic through their own Cryptic Press. You can still visit the old websites associated with that version of the comic. TEEN BOAT! won an Ignatz Award and now it is available in a full color version with extra comics and other bonus material.
The art of TEEN BOAT! is clean with easy-to-distinguish and consistent character designs. The girls aren't overly sexified either. They look like teen girls and their designs are stylized the same as the guys. The art doesn't stand out from the crowd, but it is definitely not hideous. And believe me, you'd be surprised how many comics and graphic novels get published with awful art.
TEEN BOAT! first came onto my radar when I read the AV Club review praising its light parody of Saturday morning cartoons. After reading it myself, I cannot come up with a better description than that. TEEN BOAT! is an updated, self-aware Saturday morning cartoon that invites the reader to laugh at the ridiculous premise and plots and enjoy the story anyway.
The protagonist of TEEN BOAT! is actually named TEEN BOAT! He's a high school student who can turn into a boat at will, but must turn into a boat when wet. He gets in and out of trouble, dates an Italian gondola, and runs for class president. Like most teen guys, he's pretty self-absorbed. One of the running gags is how he doesn't notice that his best friend is both into him and has shape-changing abilities of her own.
Older teens will probably find TEEN BOAT! too short and silly. But hey, I'm an adult and thought it was cute. TEEN BOAT! is probably best for tweens, especially ones that still enjoy the cheesiness of Saturday morning cartoons. There is some underage drinking and gambling, but it the protagonist does not partake and the behavior is punished.
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I actually requested this book to see what the team of Roman and Green were up to; and with a mind to finding out whether this might be the beginning of a series I could introduce to my 10 year-old son...
...BUT NO WAY, JOSE. I might let a 'd-mn' slide but it's not cool with this helicopter mom to have marijuana, drinking and smoking (cigarettes this time) mentioned like it's no big deal. [Not to mention that 'getting to second base' would have to be explained.] Sooo, me in my-mom-hat will not be suggesting this book for Tweens.
Which leaves the question of who it would be good for. Here's my opinion:
No - for adults. There was some funny stuff here, but not enough to make it worth the effort.
No - for Tweens. At least if you're a mom like me. If your child is already rolling their own, they might enjoy it.
Yes - for guys 13-16 years, if they feel like a fun read that's based on goofy humor.
Yes - possibly for girls 13 - 15 years if they like non-violent graphic novels. Romance is the focal point of the stories. And I particularly like the sections that dealt with where Teen Boat (that's his name) fell in love with a gondola named Risatina.
Maybe - for guys older than 16, but honestly all of the things I thought were inappropriate for younger kids, is going to be too bland for mosts tastes at this age. I mean, no super cool artwork, and no ultra violence or women with extravagant 'attributes'. . . I'm divided on this one and not prepared to give it a definitive thumbs-down because there might be a guy out there that will be motivated to pick up more books if he starts on this one. However, that said TEEN BOAT is just got the wrong synergy going. On the one hand it's childish but has inappropriate things for children, and one the other hand it's not sophisticated enough for most Young Adults, which leaves it possibly right for that thin band in between: 13-15 year olds.
Pam T~ putting away her MOM-hat
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Some things that are completely absurd can also be funny. This is not one of those cases.
The entire premise is ridiculous and simply doesn't work. The narrator is a teenager that can turn into a yacht. (?!?) Everyone in school knows this, and they take advantage of him by either bullying him or using him to go on illegal gambling trips. Meanwhile, he has trouble finding love.
The whole thing is awkward and disconnected.
There are a few random scenes, for example, that reference drug use or alcohol in a vaguely "this is bad" way, but bereft of any context, they are just very strange and unclear. The book is filled with inane puns relating to his being a boat, and honestly, one pun is one too many, but none of them are even remotely funny. Then there's the stupid repetition of "[insert vapid phrase here]...TEEN BOAT (in an irritating font)" constantly throughout. We get it. He is a teen and a boat and it's also his name. Stop repeating this horrible mistake of a concept. It won't make the reader suspend disbelief anymore than they have.
It's unclear what the goal was with this little graphic novel, but it didn't work. In the spirit of bad puns, the maiden voyage simply sunk. Waste of time. Terrible.
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Not every book comes with a fool-proof litmus test, but this one certainly does. Just read the tag-line on the cover:
The angst of being a teen! The thrill of being a boat!
Now, having read that, you will have had one of two reactions: either you smiled, laughed, or otherwise enjoyed it, or you scowled and found it silly. If you were one of the latter, leave now: the joys of TEEN BOAT! are not for you.
Written by Dave Roman, drawn by John Green, TEEN BOAT! is the story of one boy with an unusual condition: he can transform into a small yacht (unless he gets water in his inner ear, which causes him to lose control over his changes). It's no secret: his name is Teen Boat, and everyone in his school knows about what he can do, from top jock Harry Cobbs to alluring exchange student Nina Pinta Santa Maria to his boyhood friend Joey Steinberg (who clearly hides some transformative secret of her own).
The Teen Boat stories were originally published in mincomics, so they tend to be short -- some multi-parters, but mostly 8-10 pages long. They're all tongue-in-cheek -- as the names may have already tipped you off -- with an amusing and only slightly juvenile sense of humor. Teen Boat battles pirates, struggles with love (both as a teen and as a boat!), takes his driving test, and works at a restaurant -- just the right mix of every-teen and completely wacky.
TEEN BOAT! is utterly awesome, and, if you don't get that, you must have barnacles on your hull. Teen Boat! Long may he sail!