Another fantastic volume of “Saga” from the great mind of Brian K. Vaughan? You bet I will check this new vol
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Another fantastic volume of “Saga” from the great mind of Brian K. Vaughan? You bet I will check this new volume out as soon as it was released and I was seriously blown away by this action packed volume! “Saga: Volume Five” is another awesome installment of Brian K. Vaughan’s legendary comic book series that is definitely worth its weight in gold!
What is this story about?
After the disastrous falling out between Marko and Alana in the previous volume, Alana, Marko’s mother and Hazel find themselves being kidnapped by Dengo, the janitor robot who kidnapped Prince Robot IV’s newborn baby in the last volume. This then leads to Marko being forced to work with Prince Robot IV in order to find their missing families. Meanwhile, Gwendolyn, Sophie and The Will’s sister The Brand, set out on a journey together to retrieve a cure that will help save The Will’s life, but the journey is going to be pretty dangerous for the three (four if we are including the Lying Cat) travelers!
What I loved about this story:
Brian K. Vaughan’s writing: As usual, Brian K. Vaughan’s writing is spot on and I really loved the fact that this volume was much more action driven then the previous volumes, which were mostly character driven and we actually get to see several characters really kicking some serious butt in this volume! I just loved the way that Brian K. Vaughan really made Alana into such an awesome fighter in this volume as it was hinted at early on that Alana used to be in the military and we finally get the chance to see Alana’s combat skills displayed in this volume, especially when she tries to protect her daughter Hazel from various people who want to harm her. I also loved the fact that Marko is still trying to find Alana and Hazel again as it showed how much he really cared about his family, despite his fight with Alana in the last volume. It was also heartbreaking learning about Marko’s backstory and why him accidentally hurting Alana had such a tragic impact on him and how he tries to make amends for what he had done to Alana. I really enjoyed the side story involving Gwendolyn, Sophie, the Lying Cat and the Brand trying to find a cure for the Will, who was injured a few volumes ago. I really loved the relationship between these four travelers as it shows that they all cared about the Will in their own way and are willing to work together to obtain the cure needed to help the Will. The only thing that got me about this volume was that I did not see one single appearance from my favorite ghost girl Izabel…OH IZABEL! WHERE ARE YOU!?
Fiona Staples’ artwork: Fiona Staples’ artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at and I really loved the action sequences as you can see the explosions really glow through the pages (which is something I often see with this series all the time) and I really loved the alien appearances of many of the characters, especially of Prince Robot IV with his TV set head!
What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:
For anyone who does not like strong language, gory violence and graphic images, there are many scenes in this volume where characters are blown up and blood and guts are sprayed all over and some strong language such as the constant use of the “f” word and the “a” word. Also, there is some nudity in this volume, as well as some sex scenes that might make some people cringe.
Overall, is “Saga: Volume Five” worth picking up? YES! YES IT IS! Go ahead and pick up this sucker already and be amazed by the wonderful world of “Saga!”
Now, I have read many children’s books that dealt with people from other countries immigrating to America for a better life. But, I had never read a c
Now, I have read many children’s books that dealt with people from other countries immigrating to America for a better life. But, I had never read a children’s book that went in depth with the immigration between Mexico and America and the reasons behind it. “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” by Duncan Tonatiuh is such a tale that tackles the subject of immigration and yet also discusses about the importance of family in such an informative and effective way!
The story starts off with Papa Rabbit going off to the carrot and lettuce fields far away to the North in order to earn extra money for his family. Unfortunately, when Pancho and his family eagerly await the arrival of Papa Rabbit, Papa Rabbit never showed up back home and Pancho and his family started getting worried about Papa Rabbit. So, late during the night, Pancho decided to go out and find Papa Rabbit himself, while packing some of his father’s favorite food, which included mole, rice and beans, tortillas and a jug full of fresh aguamiel. Along the way, Pancho meets up with a coyote who tells Pancho that he can take him to his father if Pancho gives him the food that he is carrying. Even though Pancho did not want to give up the food he was going to give to his father, he longed to see his father again, so he decided to give the coyote all of his food. Once the coyote realizes that Pancho ran out of food…
What will the coyote do to Pancho?
Read this book to find out!
Wow! This book was simply amazing and heartwarming at the same time! I just loved the way that Duncan Tonatiuh wrote this book as the writing was extremely touching and sharp and I loved the way that he wrote the characters, especially Pancho Rabbit himself. I loved the fact that Pancho was a brave and determined child who only wanted to see his father and the fact that he journeyed across the desert with his food barely intact really showed his determined nature throughout the story, which made him into such an inspiring character. Duncan Tonatiuh has done a splendid job at explaining about the obstacles that most immigrants face whenever they are migrating to another country in order to provide more food and money for their families and I like the fact that there was more emphasis put on Papa Rabbit trying to provide for his family rather than explain how his situation as an immigrant would have been treated in another country. I also loved the little author’s note at the end where Duncan Tonatiuh provided statistics regarding immigrants coming to America and how to look at the situation from an immigrant’s perspective instead of assuming false facts about their situation in going to America to get a good job. Duncan Tonatiuh’s artwork is highly creative as it is hand drawn and then collaged digitally and it gives the book a unique feel as I rarely see artwork where you see cut outs from magazines being combined with hand-drawn artwork. I also loved the Mexican influence of the artwork as it made me feel like I am living in Mexico right as I am reading this book!
The only problem I had with this book was that the ending felt a bit abrupt as there was a major plot point that happened near the end of the book and it was not quite resolved. I would have liked to see that plot point actually be resolved towards the end of this story. I will not give out too many details about what happened at the end since I do not want to spoil anything, but let us just say that it dealt with people stealing items from one of the characters.
Overall, “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote” is a truly lovely story about the experiences of immigration and the importance of family that many children will enjoy for years! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some of the Mexican language might be a bit hard for smaller children to understand.
Now, I have been reading many of Patricia Polacco’s books over the years and even though I continued to be mesmerized by her childhood stories, I have
Now, I have been reading many of Patricia Polacco’s books over the years and even though I continued to be mesmerized by her childhood stories, I have always wondered how Patricia Polacco became such a prolific artist, as well as being an effective storyteller. So, when I got around to reading one of Patricia Polacco’s newer books “The Art of Miss Chew,” I finally found out how Patricia Polacco became such a talented artist!
After Trisha spent the summer with her grandmother who was a talented artist, Trisha wanted to become an artist herself. Unfortunately, her school does not have an art class that Trisha could participate in until her Irish teacher Mr. Donovan, suggested that Trisha could join a special art class at the high school that is being taught by none other than Miss Chew! Trisha loved having Miss Chew as her art teacher, as Miss Chew helped Trisha learn the language of art and how she could see the objects she draws in a whole new light. Unfortunately, a tragic day happened when Mr. Donovan’s father passed away and Mr. Donovan had to attend his father’s funeral, leaving his students in the care of a substitute teacher named Mrs. Spaulding. Mrs. Spaulding was often cruel towards Trisha as she would not give Trisha enough time to work on her tests, since Trisha was a much slower learner than the other students; and Mrs. Spaulding even threatened to have Trisha thrown out of Miss Chew’s art class since she believed that the art class was distracting Trisha from her studies.
Can Trisha and Miss Chew convince the student board that Trisha should stay in art class?
Read this book to find out!
What I always loved about Patricia Polacco’s works is that her books allow the readers to take a look at her childhood and be inspired by the various teachers that helped her throughout her school life. I always loved the emotional touches that Patricia Polacco brings to her work as you truly feel her sorrow as she struggles through school due to her learning disability and it was great that she had teachers that really cared about her and try their hardest to help Trisha pass her classes. As soon as I picked up this book, I knew that I was going to automatically fall in love with both Miss Chew and Mr. Donovan! Even though Mr. Donovan’s name was not in the title of this book, I loved the fact that Trisha had another teacher who was supportive of her and the fact that he was from Ireland and loved his father dearly really made me love his character! But let us talk about the true star of this book and that is Miss Chew herself, as she was clearly the one who inspired Trisha to fulfill her lifelong dream to become an artist! I loved the fact that Miss Chew showed Trisha how to look at the objects she draws in a different light and I also loved the way that she continues to encourage Trisha to follow her dreams of becoming an artist no matter how impossible the odds may be. I really loved the fact that both Mr. Donovan and Miss Chew were teachers that came from foreign countries (Mr. Donovan came from Ireland and Miss Chew came from China) as it brought a whole new perspective of the teaching experience for young children. Patricia Polacco’s artwork is magnificent as the characters look so realistic and gorgeous and I loved the fact that we have a book in Patricia Polacco’s works that detailed her inspiration in becoming an artist!
Overall, “The Art of Miss Chew” is a truly beautiful and touching book about the power of art and the importance of supporting students who are struggling in school. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of the book might be a bit difficult for some smaller children.
I think that at this point, I will make it my goal to read all the “Garfield” graphic novels by Jim Davis, since I love “Garfield” so
I think that at this point, I will make it my goal to read all the “Garfield” graphic novels by Jim Davis, since I love “Garfield” so much and each graphic novel I have read of everyone’s favorite fat orange fur ball just continues to put a smile on my face! Now, I have read yet another “Garfield” graphic novel called “Garfield: Lard of the Jungle” and it was just as enjoyable as the other “Garfield” graphic novels I’ve read!
What is this story about?
This volume yet again continues the adventures of Garfield and his life with his owner Jon and canine companion Odie! This time, we get even more storylines dealing with Liz, Jon’s new girlfriend, Jon visiting his family on the farm and Garfield dealing with his age as his birthday comes up!
What I loved about this story:
Jim Davis’ writing: No matter how many “Garfield” graphic novels I have read over the years, I can never get tired of Jim Davis’ witty and hilarious writing! Jim Davis has continued to give us a comedic and witty series in his “Garfield” comics, especially whenever Garfield voices his snarky opinions about Jon’s life and Odie’s moronic antics as it makes the audience laugh at Garfield’s hilarious lifestyle. I also loved the addition of Liz as she is shown as not being another failure in Jon’s love life, but as a love interest who is able to put up with Jon’s dorkiness and is the voice of reason in many of the situations.
Jim Davis’ artwork: Jim Davis’ artwork is still hilarious to look at as all the characters has large and rounded eyes that makes them look extremely goofy and I loved the facial expressions on most of the characters, especially Garfield always looking so bored on each panel despite the zany antics going on during the stories.
Overall, “Garfield: Lard of the Jungle” is a fantastic volume that features everyone’s favorite fat cat and shows that Garfield has still got it after all of these years!