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When Weapon Kosher, the Magic Pickle, erupts from the bedroom floor of little Jo Jo Wigman, she has to answer a lot of questions! What's the Magic Pickle's connection to the Brotherhood of Evil Produce? What is "Dill Justice"? How did Danny Johnson get to be so cute? Eisner-nominated creator Scott Morse has all the answers!...

Title : Magic Pickle
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ISBN : 9781929998333
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Magic Pickle Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-06-15 11:49

    Magic Pickle, also known as Weapon Kosher, was a regular pickle that accidentally was infused with superhero powers. He was not the only ones, except the rest of the vegetables went bad and formed the Brotherhood of Evil Produce. Magic Pickle has been was frozen, and was just woken up in order to protect everyone from the Brotherhood. When he is awoken, he blasts through the door of young Jo Jo Wigmans. Jo Jo decides she should join Weapon Kosher since he broke her floor. She also thinks this superhero should help her with her problem, which is Lu Lu Deederly. Lu Lu is a bit of a bully to Jo Jo, and She wants Magic Pickle to help her. Eventually Magic Pickle and Jo Jo fight the Brotherhood, but Romaine Gladiator escapes. Magic Pickle and Romaine Gladiator are looking for each other, but Romaine Gladiator also wants to get Jo Jo because he feel that she was helping Magic Pickle. Magic Pickle and Jo Jo both need to solve their problems. School lunch time may be the time for that. I would recommend this book to 3-6th graders. The story if filled with puns the the older group would enjoy, but the story is understandable enough for younger students. The problems Jo Jo encounter are very common ones among many elementary students, so I think they can easily relate to the story. The fact that it is a graphic novel about a magic pickle I feel will draw many boys to the book (and even the series), but the female main character, Jo Jo, will draw girls into reading the book, which could make this a highly read book.The eye-catching graphics are very bright and cartoon-like. It is funny to see vegetables dressed up as superheroes and super-villain. In the back of the book, the author also gives a "how to" section about drawing produce characters. I like how he even makes the people characters based on vegetables.This is a highly entertaining book, and I think it could bring many children to reading graphic novels or reading in general.

  • Anina
    2019-06-25 11:01

    The kid I babysit for is completely obsessed with this series. It's basically just a mishmash of fruit and vegetable puns. A perfect graphic novel for 6 year old (or older-if they can read themselves) boys. Or girls. But I like that all the violence results in is...tomato sauce. So some mothers of boys might appreciate. The silliness is infectious, and I think most adults would find it amusing.I'm certainly enjoying it more than when we were reading those Magic Tree House books out loud over and over.

  • Erin Reilly-Sanders
    2019-06-11 07:53

    This one was fun and enjoyable with lots of produce-powered puns and some cool illustrations by Scott Morse. It's pretty cute in a zippy, snazzy way and fun to read, including bits on how to draw vegetable-like characters.

  • Kristen
    2019-06-05 12:34

    Hilarious graphic novel about a pickle who is an undercover agent who needs to stop other bad vegetables from dastardly deeds.

  • Betsy
    2019-06-19 06:48

    I should begin this review by being straight with you. I am not an impartial reader of this book. There have been times, more in my life than I can count, when I have craved a dill pickle spear. I admit it. The cat is officially out of the bad. I love pickles and I’m not ashamed of the fact. And magic pickles do sound tasty. On the other hand, I’m also a picky graphic novel reader. There’s so much tripe out there being produced for kids these days that anytime I get handed a new children’s GN my immediate reaction is to cringe. And Magic Pickle, for all its myriad charms, didn’t necessarily look like something I might enjoy. Still, I gamely plucked it up and found to my surprise that not only is it readable and fun, I also detect a sly understated wit at work here. As understated as scientifically advanced super veggies can be, anyway. Since big green superheroes tend to be of the “Hulk, smash!” variety, I suggest you take a moment out of your day to try your hand at a smaller equally green superhero, unafraid of villainous produce or footie pajamas.His origins are super secret . . . or at least they were until he crashed through the bedroom floor of little Jo Jo Wigman. The heroic product of a scientist’s lunch and some particle confabulation, the pickle Weapon Kosher fights for truth, justice, yadda yadda yadda. Unfortunately, for every dill yin there’s a rotten yang to contend with. The Brotherhood of Evil Produce has just come out of hiding after more than 50 years, and that means that it’s time for the cryogenically frozen pickle to get back to serving justice. Of course, his lab is now located directly under the floor of young Jo Jo Wigman and she is NOT going to be kept out of the action. Jo Jo is fighting her own battles with the mean girl at school and it’s possible that the pickle might be just the answer she’s been looking for.Morse’s drawing style is this elastic energetic series of shifting panels and inserts. Images are constantly overlapping or going panel-less for maximum effect. You might not recognize it on a first reading, but Morse is doing some pretty fancy footwork with this story. For example, when Jo Jo starts spinning a crazy story about how she is wearing her pajamas at the bus stop because it’s the latest style and she’s coming from a swank party, her backgrounds alternate between starbursts, swirls, and a kind of eclectic cut paper effect. Morse doesn’t have to do this, y'know. In fact, it’s much easier to just draw boxes and put people in them without all the subconscious imagery. Easier, but less thrilling in the long run. The book doesn't actually tell you who has done the coloring for this title, which is as pity. I don’t know that we can assume that Morse does his own, since that’s not always the job of the artist proper. If he IS the person responsible, though, then I doff my cap to him because the colors in this book are right proper. My boss handed me this book with the note that it was hard to get around the name “The Romaine Gladiator”. So consider this your warning: If you have a low tolerance for fruit and veggie nomenclature and tomfoolery, best to avoid this puppy. I, for my part, was kind of charmed by Morse’s selections. Tell me you’re not just the slightest bit taken with these names from The Brotherhood of Evil Produce: Phantom Carrot, Squish Squash, Peashooter, and Chili Chili Bang Bang. Even as you read them you can see how this book will benefit from being read aloud. My own dad used to read us comic books sometimes when I was a kid, and I’m sure there will be many a young lad and lass who will enjoy hearing the sound of the pickle’s adventures. Morse’s dialogue sort of sealed the deal for me, though. Weapon Kosher is a very Captain America kind of speaker. If he had a chin, it would be cleft. Jo Jo, on the other hand, is very much a smart alecky kid. In their first exchange, Kosher initially accuses Jo Jo of being “an agent of evil.” Her retort is a pointed, “Are you serious? I’m wearing footsie jimmies here.” Of course, Jo Jo’s cool head made it a bit difficult to believe that she really felt any suffering at the hands of the school’s Queen Bee, Lu Lu Deederly. You never see Jo Jo all that downtrodden after an exchange. Not that I really minded, but it meant that she didn’t have much of a story of her own to pair alongside Kosher’s escapades. Still, as new graphic novel series go, this one’s a keeper. Even the requisite bad puns actually come off as funny (a near impossibility when you get right down to it). I may have had my fill of superhero graphic novels, but if you combine that old standard with the ingredients of a salad, the result is magic. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future pickle adventures to come.Ages 5-10

  • Shel
    2019-06-14 11:48

    Morse, S. (2008). Magic Pickle. New York: Graphix.0439879957MAGIC PICKLE! Doesn't a title like that just demand your attention? Okay, maybe not. But it demanded MY attention and since I have the attention span of a nine-year-old boy, it'll most likely attract their attention as well.Broken up into chapters, this graphic novel shares Jo Jo's story of how she befriended a magic superhero pickle that lives under her bedroom. Sadly the Magic Pickle is a little behind on the times (what with sitting in a refrigerated pickle jar--ahem, I mean in a cryogenic slumber for 50 years). Despite being behind the times, Magic Pickle must prepare to face the Phantom Carrot, Chili Chili Bang Bang and other members of the evil brotherhood of vegetables that have gone bad (in the moral sense, not the moldy sense). Unwilling to be left behind, Jo Jo researches the Magic Pickle's origins and prepares to help him. But Magic Pickle is less than enthused by the thought of a sidekick. The hunt for the last rotten vegetable will lead Magic Pickle to school and Jo Jo's side. Will he be able to help her in the climactic final food fight?With lots of pickle puns, vegetable jokes and literary and science-y names, this graphic novel has a lot of fun with language. As with many superhero narratives, there are some insults and punches thrown here or there, but as to whether or not the image of a wee orange carrot taking on a girl will rile up readers remains to be seen. More likely, it may rile up the occasional protective parent.This book can be particularly meaningful for students who follow strict religious laws about food, since the Magic Pickle named for this series is "Weapon Kosher." I can just picture a certain Jewish man I know who grew up in the 1950s, thinking back and wishing he'd had an empowering Weapon Kosher in his youth.And (of course) there's a whole series of Magic Pickle graphic novels to be entertained by now.Overall a fun child-friendly twist of the superhero narrative.Activities to Do with the Book:This is a wonderful recommendation for students who loved Captain Underpants or graphic novels in general. As with most graphic novels, Magic Pickle requires both visual literacy as well as traditional text-based literacy. But it is longer than the Captain Underpants books, easing students into longer titles.Since discussion of the Soviet Union is incorporated, a social teacher could take that on as a teaching moment and discuss the cold war (and maybe even bring back Dr. Seuss's The Butter Battle Book too!). Other possible teaching topics including pickling, illustrations based on the "How to Draw Produce" guide, jealousy, embarrassment, bullies, growing vegetables, etc.If a teacher had students working in a community or school gardening (or just completed a unit on spring, nutrition or plant growth) presented children with the option of reading Magic Pickle individually or in a literature circle could be a fun closing on the unit.An off the wall option, for high school teachers or college professors would be to bring in this graphic novel to encourage students to do a Freudian reading of it. A magical and powerful pickle (AKA a phallic symbol) seeks to defeat other phalluses , I mean...vegitables--while a young girl both wishes to help said phallic symbol and is angry that it violated the private space of her room. Hmmm....Favorite Quotes:“My name is Jo Jo Wigman. I go to school an' stuff. I got this secret. Nobody at school, in fact nobody in the whole world, even knows. It's a big secret. I'll tell you, but you probably won't buy it.""There's a superpowered pickle that lives under my bedroom.""In 1951, world-renowned scientist Dr. Jekyll Formaldehyde accidentally dropped the vegetable portion of his well-balanced lunch into the path of an experimental particle confabulator.""Dill justice became his only desire.""Your brains are well past their expiration dates.""I'm wearing a star. Tasteful, yet mysteriously revealing."For more of my reviews, visit

  • Amy
    2019-06-15 05:39

    Weapon Kosher is a pickle accidentally infused with super powers. Though he was an accident, the powers that be are using him to fight the Brotherhood of Evil Produce, a surly group bent on world domination. Strangely, the lab in which Weapon Kosher was created is below the bedroom of Jo Jo Wigman, who is a firecracker of a little girl. They meet when Weapon Kosher blasts through her bedroom floor, and they team up to fight the Brotherhood of Evil Produce together.I love the absurdity of the premise of this book. Weapon Kosher has a great personality, too - he's super-serious about fighting crime, but he has these hilarious ditzy moments. Come on - a ditzy anthropomorphized pickle who doesn't know he's ditzy - what could be better than that? I also love how Morse drew him - his face is always shrouded in a dark shadow, which adds to his mystique. The one thing I didn't like about the drawing style was the blank, Barney Rubble-esque eyes that Morse gives to all the characters. I thought it just made them look vacant and freaky. Otherwise, though, a very quick and entertaining read. Probably one of the better kids comic books out there.

  • lprater
    2019-06-04 10:33

    Graphic Novel: The Magic Pickle is an interesting graphic novel about a pickle with superpowers living under the bedroom floor of a young girl. In an attempt to save the world from evil produce, the two join forces to solve the pickles problem of mutant evil vegetables on the loose and Jo Jo’s problem with a bully at school. The language in the book made it fun to read, even as an adult. Names such as Chili Chili Bang Bang (like Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang) and romaine gladiator (roman gladiator) would make the story interesting for an adult who may be sharing the story with a child. Older students, around grades three through five, would also appreciate the humor of the book. I did not appreciate the fact that food fight had been started in the story and the occasional name-calling, but could see why the author chose to include that for an elementary audience. The graphics in the novel were quite colorful and made reading the story easy. I would recommend this book for grades 3-5, possible 2nd grade with the help from an adult.

  • Robin Duple
    2019-05-27 12:58

    The art style in this children's graphic novel reminds me of the Invader Zim TV series. There was some good humor (including a bad guy named Chili-Chili Bang Bang) but I couldn't decide if I really enjoyed reading it over my lunch break or if it just passed the time. (I survey our library's collections over lunch breaks for reader's advisory purposes.) Jo Jo, the main character, is just a normal girl -- not a super genius, not a super model, but a regular girl. I like that in a protagonist, especially in a children's story, but I guess it just didn't grab me. In my defense, it is a pretty silly idea to make a pickle into a superhero -- I personally would have thought this might appeal more to preschool and kindergarten audiences than elementary school ones. However, the School Library Journal and Booklist reviews say it's meant for grades 2-5, so don't discount the goofy humor and ridiculous plot if you're looking for a quick, light read to entertain that age group.

  • Erin
    2019-06-18 06:57

    Magic Pickle is about a normal pickle that was infused with powers and becomes a super hero pickle. It is his job to protect everyone from the "evil brotherhood" which is a group of vegetables that have gone back and created a back of evil villains. The magic pickle series, in my opinion, is one of the easiest children's graphic novels to follow. Scott Morse does a great job of making sure the graphics and texts in the book flow nicely from page to page and is easy to follow for anyone new to the graphic novel set up. The Comics are colorful, momentous and eye catching. It is a great book for older students making the transition from picture/chapter books who isn't ready to take on full blown novels. This is a great book that will capture the attention of readers and have them coming back for more.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-24 09:38

    Oh dear, this one might be giving "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" a run for its money in my "funniest books ever" category. The Magic Pickle is "the world's greenest, bumpiest, briniest superhero" who comes bursting through the bedroom floor of feisty little Jo Jo Wiggins ("You could be an agent of evil." "Are you serious? I'm wearing footsie jammies here!") and together they must outwit The Brotherhood of Evil Produce. Oh yes. It's a little bit Lilo & Stitch, a little bit Veggie Tales, and a little bit Captain America. Girls will like smart-alecky Jo Jo, and boys will like the Pickle's heroism. I like the full-color art, the dialogue bubbles that are color-coded to their speakers, the witty repartee (complete with accurate exclamations like "whuzZAH," "nyah," and "tssh"), and the full-page spread of Jo Jo discovering the laboratory, with a tag pointing to her that says "Speechless." LOL!

  • Brad
    2019-06-09 06:00

    Magic Pickle, like most excellent media aimed at kids, is eminently silly but not the least bit stupid. There are an abundance of food puns (Magic Pickle, a.k.a. Weapon Kosher, fights the Brotherhood of Rotten Produce), but it's all based on a tried and true superhero formula that I think all kids should be indoctrinated with. The Spider-Man movies and Ben 10 will probably convert more kids that Magic Pickle (which is too bad).This book is a gas. Magic Pickle's creator's name is renowned scientist Dr. Jekyll Formaldehyde. The line "I feel like the smallest hot dog in the world's craziest microwave" appears in this book. It's bright, colorful, and wonderful (though does drag a bit when the kids rather than the superpowered veggies are the stars).

  • Thurston Hunger
    2019-06-12 11:48

    Saw a blurb for this in the most recent installment (Book 9) of Jeff Smith's mighty "Bone" series, which the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed. So based on that Scholastic connection, I grabbed this.The kids liked this better than I did, which is weird since much of its humor relies on word-play that I didn't think would appeal much to them. Maybe it is just the drawing of the pickle (which, like the Bone creatures, is kind of cute and weird...and indeed in this edition, it showed the kids how to draw one themselves which they did immediately). I'm too tired to add in my own puns to go with this, it was a quick read, and this version is a graphic novel. Just make sure to read Bone first.

  • sweet pea
    2019-05-27 11:44

    i couldn't pass up a story about a pickle patriot! and weapon kosher is rad. but much like in jem, the evil group all have better names. instead of the misfits, the brotherhood of evil produce is a gang of art thief thugs. there's even an evil pea, peashooter, which makes me happy. although, my sometimes moniker evil pod boy is a better name. the drawings are wicked. the story fast-paced. the characters keen. the puns fly fast and heavy. but, the story leaves me unsatisfied. everything is resolved. and yet there's no depth. not that one should expect such things from a graphic novel about a magic pickle. but i, of course, do.

  • Lindsey Hooker
    2019-05-31 12:00

    I didn't know how I was feeling about reading a graphic novel because I never really enjoyed comics as a kid. But Magic Pickle had me cracking up. Magic Pickle is about a superhero pickle named Weapon Kosher that is out to fight a band of villainous produce. The illustrations are great. They are cleverly detailed and add some definite characteristics to the characters. The speech bubbles are placed in a way that they don't take away from the illustrations, but allow the story to flow well. I definitely recommend this graphic novel, and I would like to even continue reading the series myself.

  • Waldmar1000
    2019-05-30 09:01

    Ok, so you first read this book and your like: "What a retarded title!" Well, it is, but that doesn't been it is a bad book. The Magic Pickle follows Jojo, as she finds that a secret angent PICKLE is under her bedroom. She then joins this pickle in his quest to protect world from evil produce. I enjoy this book quite a bit. For one thing, the art is an amazing masterpiece. Plus, this book is actually funny. The imiagination this book has is also great. It's also entertaining to watch pickles fight vegetables.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-25 08:46

    Due to a mistake in the laboratory Dr. Jekyll Formaldehyde created a superhero out of pickle. When he attempted to create other vegetable superheroes something went wrong and they turned rotten instead. The pickle crosses paths with preteen Jo Jo who wants to be his partner. A silly comic in which food fight takes on literal meaning. Recommended for middle grade readers both boys and girls. The thing that most impressed me about this book was Jo Jo's confidence to stand up to her bully. I think Lunch Lady fans would like this series and vice versa.

  • Cheri
    2019-05-31 11:57

    This gets a 3 in the graphic novel genre: sometimes it's not that easy to understand what's going on based on the images, and the social responsibility level is low. However, what bumps it up to 4 stars are the puns. Oh, the puns.Wordplay is one of my favorite things, and this graphic novel does as much of it as one could possibly wish for. I would put this one up there with Captain Underpants, though the humor is more mature and there have so far been no wedgies. I want to read the rest!Recommended to ages 8-12.

  • Bruno Tojeiro
    2019-06-25 12:46

    The book I read is The Magic Pickle, by Scott Morse. What I enjoyed about the book was the comedy included by the author, which made me laugh every time I read it. This book is about a magic pickle, who is actually a secret agent. His mission is to stop the evil produce from conquering the world. Yet, on his way towards the sewers, he meets this girl by busting in her bedroom. She is very small and somewhat very curious. Therefore, she begins asking him various questions which appear to be “classified.”

  • Molly
    2019-06-04 05:40

    A pickle who has been in a deep freeze for several years is thawed out in time to save the world from the Brotherhood of Evil produce. I love this book and love suggesting it to superhero fans looking for something new but..... Why did they make the kid who becomes his sidekick a girl. I am all for equal rights but with fashion kitty and baby mouse I wanted this to be a boy read. My own hang up though. Grades 2+

  • D.
    2019-06-06 06:35

    This did nothing for me or my nine year old son. We purchased it as it was recommended by another parent as 'similar to the Bone books' (Jeff Smith) but the storyline is weak, the language is far below my son's interest level, and the jokes are extremely corny. I can only imagine the parent who suggested this series might be in any way similar to the Bone series had actually never read a single one of those.

  • Chris
    2019-06-07 04:51

    To borrow from another Goodreads reviewer: "Magic Pickle, like most excellent media aimed at kids, is eminently silly but not the least bit stupid."The puns range from exclamations like, Sweet relish. It's worse than I feared, to villains like The Romaine Gladiator. Like lots of superhero origin stories, this seems to have laid solid groundwork for even better stories to come later.

  • A.
    2019-06-04 06:54

    This comic book has eye-catching graphics and a cute storyline. But somehow because the graphics are so interesting, I had trouble paying attention to words and understanding the story. It felt like everything happened so quickly that I was confused much of the time as to what was going on. Kind of like watching a Saturday morning anime cartoon where it's all so fast and shouty you have no idea what happened.

  • Fran
    2019-06-19 07:33

    When Weapon Kosher, the Magic Pickle, erupts from her bedroom floor, young Jo Jo Wigman works with him to stop the Brotherhood of Evil Produce from taking over the world and tries to find a way to impress cute Danny Johnson. Lots of fun as the author delivers a charming, goofy, and action-packed story that will leave readers excited for the rest of the continuing series. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult.

  • Kael
    2019-05-27 10:38

    I really liked all the pictures because they made it fun to read. All the pictures were in color, which is good. The boss from the Garden of Evil was in it. But the Magic Pickle defeated him! I learned never stick your finger in a sink because of the blades. It was easy to read, I read it in one night and I'm seven!

  • Joeseph Simon
    2019-05-30 07:47

    Magic Pickle has the charm of an all ages title. With multiple books out, Scott Morse has created a title that I can share with my nephews, ex-girlfriends seem to enjoy the title and many others could, should they read it. Light hearted fun. Veggies help power the human body, so why can't they also be super heroes?

  • Aj Degrate
    2019-06-24 05:37

    My brother recommended this book to me. Its about a scientist who brings fruits and vegies to life. Magic picle has powers and has to defeat evil fruits. "ITS ALIVE," this is what the professer said when he brough magic picle to life. It was a little kiddish with some advanced vocabulary. I would recommend it to 6th graders who want higher vocabulary.

  • Natalie Moreland
    2019-06-17 09:49

    While I didn't personally enjoy this book (seriously, it made me groan), I appreciated the female video-game playing narrator. So thank you, Scott Morse, for choosing to break the stereotypes so common in the world of graphic novels, even though you did so not particularly well in my opinion.2015 Reading Challenge: A book with magic.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-26 11:45

    A scientist dropped part of his lunch into radioactive material and -- voila! -- Weapon Kosher for the USA. I love how his enemies were other veggies purposefully dropped in, who were, at heart, rotten. Puns aplenty and a quick and easy read for middle school boys with a sense of humor and wit.

  • Alicia
    2019-06-12 08:34

    On a hot summer Sunday afternoon, can you really beat a bunch of vegetables gone bad (with fabulous names like "Chili Chili Bang Bang", so perfect) and a bunch of heroic pickle one-liners? I think not.