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Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Graphic Novels #2)

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
- Adapted with cooperation of Albert Whitman & Co.
- Original dialog from beloved classics in all adaptations
- Gertrude Chandler Warner biography included
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Magic Wagon
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Christopher Seideman
I love the Boxcar Children. In fact, as I write this very review I have a whole set of the original children’s books sitting right beside me in a drawer. However, just like the Graphic Novel adaptation of the Hardy Boys, this mystery classic has lost a lot of the mystery and cunning that played such a prevalent role in the original books, and has been replaced with a focus on the children having finally found people to call family. This isn’t bad, per se, but it’s lost some of its charm during t ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Chrissy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
The Boxcar Children novels always make me feel *so* nostalgic for the times when I would stow away in my secret ship (aka my bed) with a great new adventure that was always loads of fun. The series, as a whole, is just so adorably sweet and innocent that it just can't help but make you smile.

That said, I didn't love this graphic novel adaptation of the second book as much as I loved the first one. The illustrations were definitely cute and fun, but the storyline of dear old grandpa leaving the b
Drew Erkelens
Oct 07, 2015 Drew Erkelens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edrd-314
I remember reading the handed down Boxcar Children books from my moms childhood when I was younger and that they were always my favorite. It was interesting to find that they were adapted into graphic novels since I never knew this before. I liked having the pictures put with the words versus reading the short novel and putting my own images with the story, it completely changed the story for me. Kids would like reading these series because of the mystery involved in each of them, along with the ...more
Apr 04, 2009 Inge rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oy vey, what a hot mess.
Does every standard format book need to be made into a graphic novel? Not if it's thrown together without any care, like Surprise Island.
The illustrations were ridiculous. The children seemed to always be laughing, jumping, and throwing their arms in the air, even if it wasn't appropriate for the situation.
AND! ALL! THE! EXCLAMATION! POINTS! Are we really supposed to believe that the children are this excited?
The grammar was odd at some points. In certain sentences, it al
Jill Sanders
The Boxcar Children is in a narrative point of view. This graphic novel is about four siblings and their dog that go on adventures at an island they are staying with their grandfather. There are two boys named Henry and Benny; and there are two girls named Jessie and Violet. Their dog's name is Watch and follows them on their interesting adventures. There are eight parts to this book that are almost like chapters.

This book reminds me of reading the comics in the newspaper when I was young. I lo
Lindsay Wallace
I personally did not care for Gertrude Warner's graphic novel. I thought that it was confusing to read, and left out many important details which were relevant and necessary in order for the story line to make complete sense. This book followed four siblings on their summer adventure as they lived on their grandpa's private island. They set up their own museum, and played escavated in caves to find pieces of indian artifacts. Although I did not particularly enjoy this book, I can see how childre ...more
The Boxcar Children are four siblings who live with their grandfather. As a summer vacation their grandfather allows them to stay on a small island. While on the island the children find a plethora of items. They discover some Indian remains as well as some unique flowers and shells. They start a small museum in an old barn of all the artifacts they have found. The Children also find their long lost cousin. They have a picnic on the island and surprise their grandfather with their cousin
Dec 17, 2014 Leiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird. The Babysitters Club graphic novels I read earlier this year were eons better than these Boxcar Children ones. I don't really remember these old books, and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of plot details. Everything was strangely abbreviated, in spots it was downright comical. I was like What?! is going on here? Ugh, and the Comic Sans. Of course, just of course.
Margaret Chind
While I read this as an epub from @Netgalley on my nookcolor and it was a bit rough, I think there is a lot of potential. My issue was that the font was too small to read comfortably in speech bubbles and such. However, on a bigger screen like an ipad or other larger tablet it might be fine. Also unknown to me, but perhaps in a real epub copy one might be able to zoom. This was my first attempt to read a graphic novel on my nook.

It eould also be great on a computer screen or in real print form.
Michelle Rosales
The Aladean children are in for a great surprise when school is out. Their grandfather has promised to take them to an island that their great grandfather has bought. Henry , Jessie, Violet and Benny and Grandpa are taken to the island by Captain Daniel. They are eager to set up a living place and explore. When the children meet Joe the handyman they didn’t know they were going to make a great friend. Joe helps the children set up a museum of artifacts that they find throughout the island. As su ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it
There were some major problems with this book. The dialogue was stiff and disorganized. I felt like the people weren't speaking properly and it really bugged me. The story didn't make much sense and I didn't see the overall plot or story structure - it just felt like a bunch of random snippets thrown together. I also wasn't impressed with the illustrations. This book needed some major editing and the characters were very flat and uninteresting. I have fond memories of reading the Box Car series, ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these graphic novels. I'm pretty sure I'm going to read the books too.
Kaela Spencer
Dec 29, 2014 Kaela Spencer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Cute story.
Drew Nielsen
Jan 09, 2015 Drew Nielsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drews
Zero stars. What a disappointment. The artwork is boring, the dialogue is laughable ("That's my brother, Pat! I told him about this picnic. Him and that boy Johnny stole a rowboat to come here in."), and the plot is hard to follow even if you have read the original book. There are some wonderful graphic novelizations of kid's fiction (Coraline and The Baby-Sitter's Club leap to mind) but these are not worth even the few mintutes it will take you to read them.
Tamara the Librarian
Really really boring. Disjointed storyline. Ridiculously simplistic dialogue-- I don't remember the actual books being this bad but the graphic novel version stinks!!
Jun 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The Boxcar Children are going to experience a summer adventure that they will never forget. They are going to visit a private island monitored by a mysterious stranger. Their quests include sleeping in a barn, exploring the ocean, creating a museum, and discovering what used to be an Indian point.
Oct 24, 2011 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Again, a dry story, but at least the imagery was plainly clear.
For a story set in the 1940s, the drawings of the kids clothes and boat make it seem modern day.

Also this graphic adaption really stole away from the book, lots of stuff and plot was left out.
While a bit difficult the believe that the rich relative would leave the children to vacation alone in a barn without stockpiling food and basic necessities, it was still a fun read for me and my daughter and she really enjoyed it.
Sep 08, 2014 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly less detailed than the full chapter book, but a good alternative for introducing the series to certain types of readers or using it to compare types of texts (the full chapter book to the graphic novel).
Dec 27, 2015 ADPiBookworm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads

Cute continuation of the story of the children I really enjoyed watching the children find their relative and the adventures they had on the island
Poorly written, so-so quality art poorly transferred to the page
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