Review by: Anonymous
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy
What was your favorite part of this book?
I really liked the villain’s true back story. It was nice to see a bad guy in a kids book that wasn’t just generic bad guy #4, but who actually had a reason for taking kids and making them like him. His arc tied in really nicely with the main character as well, and his story was properly sympathetic. I hope we get more time with him in future books.
How was the art? What do you think it added to the story?
The art was gorgeous. The strange characters they used for the witches’ language were so cool, and I loved the characters’ costumes. I think Ostertag’s art really added to the whimsical nature of the book, without making it too superfluous or too scary.
Who would you recommend it to?
I would recommend this to any fan of graphic novels, especially people who like Lumberjanes or Princeless. It would also be a really good read for any kids learning about LGBT culture, since the book has such a powerful message about enforced gender roles woven subtly into its narrative.
Graphic Novels (aka Comic Books) are often decried as junk, and children are often encouraged to “make the jump” from comics to “real books.” However, scientists and teachers alike are starting to support the use of comics as a unique teaching tool that not only makes learning more enjoyable, but also helps readers understand concepts more clearly. J.A. Micheline outlines the merits of comics quite nicely at the Guardian.
But why take her word for it? Come try some of the new items from our Graphic collection.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
“Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.”
An unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.”
Tommysaurus REX by Doug TenNapel
“A tale about a boy and his T Rex! Ely is an everyboy trying to cope with the death of his dog Tommy. When he finds a live, 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in a cave behind his grandfather’s house, Ely embarks on an adventure to tame this seemingly friendly giant, convince the town his new pet isn’t a threat, and keep his dinosaur safe from the jealous town bully.”
Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock
When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they set off on a across-country adventure full of mysteries, heists, and swashbuckling across 1860’s America.