A creepy little tale about a strange wood on the edge of town that includes a host of creatures, some friendly and some... not. Nate has just moved toA creepy little tale about a strange wood on the edge of town that includes a host of creatures, some friendly and some... not. Nate has just moved to a new neighborhood and is certain he doesn't want to be there until he comes upon a strange old tape recorder stowed away under the floor. The voice on the recording belongs to a boy who once lived in the house but has long since disappeared. Nate and his new neighbor think they know what happened to the boy, but they have to decide if they're brave enough to go into the woods to find out.
This story was a little choppy and came together a little flimsily. But, there are very few age-appropriate horror stories for tweens and middle-graders out there. So, given that, I'd recommend this book to kids who are interested in scary stories. This wasn't too much for the intended audience, but was just creepy enough to make things interesting. The illustrations are done entirely in black and white, which helps to enhance the creep factor. Has a pretty significant hanging ending, so I'd assume a sequel is in the offing. A good read-alike for fans of Amulet....more
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This graphic novel probably has everything you really need in a comic book - humor, adventure, fCheck this review out and others on my blog: Get Real.
This graphic novel probably has everything you really need in a comic book - humor, adventure, friendship, inspiring acts of courage and a sense that the main character has found their sense of self and purpose. What I liked best about this book was the dry humor. Fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy need look no further for a quick shorthand in this graphic novel. The monster in question also eerily resembles Marvin the depressed robot from the Douglas Adams book.
I would suggest this to fans of the Bone series, though I liked this better. It's funnier, and it has a little more heart. Rayburn the dragon hides out in his lair and hasn't attacked the city where he lives in a number of years. He's just not inspired anymore. He doesn't think he's a very good monster, and he does very little aside from sulk. This lack of pillaging on the part of Ray is ruining the town's local economy and lowering the morale of the villagers (other cities have way better monsters).
The town decides to send a poor excuse for a doctor and scientist out to help this dragon. If he succeeds, his license to experiment and practice will be reinstated. The town crier comes along, and the the plot to get this monster back on his feet is hatched. These three unlikely friends head out in search of some of Ray's old school friends to try to get his enthusiasm back, but of course many hiccups occur along the way.
Also, a really threatening monster may be on its way to Ray's town to do some actual damage. If Ray doesn't find his sense of self and purpose, it's going to be bad news for more than just his village....more
A super cool start to a series with a dark but still hopeful edge. A brother and sister learn they are in the inheritors to a magical legacy that alloA super cool start to a series with a dark but still hopeful edge. A brother and sister learn they are in the inheritors to a magical legacy that allows them to travel to another world. They must rescue their mother, who has been kidnapped by a pretty scary monster. With the help of a few new friends, they make their way through a scary little world. Lots of interesting panels and illustrations. Hope to find time to read the next....more
This is a story within a story (or maybe I should say stories within a story). A monster visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley one night after he has wokeThis is a story within a story (or maybe I should say stories within a story). A monster visits 13-year-old Conor O'Malley one night after he has woken up from another nightmare in which he has been visited by a different and unnamed monster. The monster who does visit is embodied in a yew tree that he can see from his kitchen window. This monster is going to tell him some hard truths about life, and Conor is going to have to tell the monster some truths by the end of their time together.
Bleak and yet funny, this is a moving story about coming to terms with loss. The illustrations and spare prose amplify the chilling atmosphere, and toward the end, telling the truth feels like running the last leg of a race. This is a scary book, but it's also an important one and a necessary one for the right person to read. I'd give this whatever award it qualifies for....more