This was supposed to be "Outlander" from Jamie's perspective instead of Claire's, but it ended up basically just being "Outlander" in graphic novel foThis was supposed to be "Outlander" from Jamie's perspective instead of Claire's, but it ended up basically just being "Outlander" in graphic novel form. That in and of itself is interesting, but I privately call it the "big boobs" graphic novel as that is pretty much all you get out of Claire. It was touted as 1.5 (in-between "Outlander" and "Dragonfly in Amber") in the series and that would've actually been more intriguing as book 2 was rather long and not my favorite book. 2-1/2 stars. ...more
I picked this up for my son after he just loved another graphic novel, "Rutabaga: Adventure Chef". This is a good introduction to graphic novel/comicsI picked this up for my son after he just loved another graphic novel, "Rutabaga: Adventure Chef". This is a good introduction to graphic novel/comics for young kids because it has the same format but larger pictures and text bubbles, plus it's all about the power of imagination. The Brave Boy Knight and his Bigfoot/Wookie friend Butterscotch roam the countryside helping the shape-changing Animal Princess save her world from a monster and find secret buried treasure. Recommended for ages 5-7, 3 stars. ...more
Wow this was a hefty graphic novel. Definitely the first time I've read a over 400 page one, but it was a good read. "Templar" is about Martin de TroyWow this was a hefty graphic novel. Definitely the first time I've read a over 400 page one, but it was a good read. "Templar" is about Martin de Troyes, a French Knight Templar who has recently come back from the Crusades. King Phillipe of France wants to destroy the Templar Order so that he can claim their treasure to fuel his war in the north, so he brings the whole Order up on false charges and imprisons them. Martin and few of his comrades manage to escape and they decide to steal the Templar treasure, based off a map they intercepted from the Grand Master of the Order, before the King can get his hands on the money. Will they be able to pull of their rescue attempt? To find out, read this fascinating journey into 14th century France! Recommended for ages 16+, 4 stars.
I have always been fascinated by the Templars, so I jumped to find a copy of this book when I saw it on a great graphic novels list. I will admit that even though I kind of knew it was coming, the Templar mass burning was a little hard to read. It's sad that the Pope essentially sold out the Templars (an order the Vatican started) to placate the King of France. The story is a bit like a religious Indiana Jones mixed with a bit of "Ocean's 11", in the sense that is an impossible job that miraculously works out. The author definitely knows the period and it is well-researched, and it even includes a extensive bibliography in the back of the book. The artwork is awesome. Martin is an interesting complex character and I really enjoyed his love Isabelle as well (for her feistiness). ...more
I loved this graphic novel and surprisingly, so did my nearly 4 year old son! He kept asking me again and again to read him the "dragon story". RutabaI loved this graphic novel and surprisingly, so did my nearly 4 year old son! He kept asking me again and again to read him the "dragon story". Rutabaga, a chef, is going on an adventure to see different exotic foods, and make new dishes that no one has ever seen. On the way to find a rare ingredient which only grows on relics, he meets up with a group of three kids who are searching for the Dragon Killer sword. They need it to defeat the dragon, who has recently terrorized their village. He joins up with them, only things don't exactly go as planned and the dragon gets away. He has many more adventures after that, including a cook-off and defeating a monster with a group of Vikings. I had a copy of the full-color version. It was an adorable little book and great for ages 8+. I wish I could be an adventure chef. 5 stars. ...more
I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than the regular book version of Ender's Game. It is a lot easier to explain complicated sci-fi ideas in graphI enjoyed this graphic novel a lot more than the regular book version of Ender's Game. It is a lot easier to explain complicated sci-fi ideas in graphic form versus in print, at least in my opinion. The graphic novel is set about twenty-two years after the first book, and Ender is now a Speaker for the Dead, one that tells the truth about a dead person's life. While Ender's only aged an additional 22 years, because of light-speed travel, it is now 3500 years in the future. He is called to the remote planet Lusitania to find out the truth about the death of two Xenobiology researchers who studied the native inhabitants of the planet, the Pequeninos. They have been accused of murdering the two scientists, so it is up to Ender to figure out if that is true or not. The Pequeninos seem to know Ender's true identity and want him to leave the Hive Queen Egg (of the insect race, the Formics, which he killed off at the end of Ender's Game). What really happened to the xenobiologists? How are the Pequeninos connected? Recommended for ages 14+, 4 stars.
This was a very fascinating book. It was interesting that all the names were Portuguese sounding and that the Catholic Church was so prevalent there, and they were essentially the ruling class with the help of the Congress. The Descolada disease element was also intriguing, and that is even more true with the Pequininos (or "Piggies" as they are more coloquially known), their religion and birthing system. I hope there are more graphic novel versions of his books, if so, I would be very interested in reading them. ...more
I've been wanting to read this one for awhile, especially after it won one of the two 2015 Newbery Honors. This book is the memoir of the author/illusI've been wanting to read this one for awhile, especially after it won one of the two 2015 Newbery Honors. This book is the memoir of the author/illustrator CeCe Bell, who lost her hearing after getting meningitis at age four very suddenly. She has to adjust to not hearing and using a giant hearing aid called the Phonic Ear that straps to her chest, under her clothes. She is able to hear everything her teacher says with it and everywhere she goes with it and Cece believes she may have a superpower, and so makes up her alter ego superhero, El Deafo. Really the book is all about acceptance, which is so hard with young kids, especially girls and especially if someone is different. Will Cece be accepted and find a true friend? To find out, read this fascinating biography. Recommended for ages 8+, 4 stars. ...more
This was an interesting graphic novel in that it is one that can introduce the subject of the Holocaust to much younger children than it is usually inThis was an interesting graphic novel in that it is one that can introduce the subject of the Holocaust to much younger children than it is usually introduced to, which is usually in the fourth or fifth grade. The story is told from the viewpoint of a grandmother named Dounia who was a little girl during the time of WWII and the Nazi invasion of France, and is telling her story to her granddaughter Elsa. Her parents were sent to a concentration camp and Dounia had to live with French Resistance workers in the countryside. Eventually only her mother returned and she was completely unrecognizable to her daughter. Recommended for 7-11 yr olds, 3 stars. ...more
The book was about the history and culture of the people considered to be revolutionary in some way at the end of the 19th Century - early 20th CenturThe book was about the history and culture of the people considered to be revolutionary in some way at the end of the 19th Century - early 20th Century. The book introduced me to a whole new group of people I’d like to learn more about, like Victoria Woodhull. Although I found the topic very interesting, it was hard to read. Not because of the subject matter (that was very well-researched) but because the text and graphics were so tiny. I thought maybe it was just the size of my Kindle, but I downloaded the book on my laptop as well to see if that improved the size, but it was the same exact size. I was not able to make it any bigger. I was straining my eyes to read each comic, which made me lose interest in it very quickly, and as a result only read about 30 percent. I hope the comics will be bigger in the paper format. I am not able to accurately rate it based on these conditions, but if the comics were enlarged and I could actually finish the book, I would probably give it 4 stars. As it is, I give it 2 stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Ok I will admit that I originally picked up this book because of Andre's involvement in "The Princess Bride". I thought he was brilliant in the movie,Ok I will admit that I originally picked up this book because of Andre's involvement in "The Princess Bride". I thought he was brilliant in the movie, and so funny. I knew he had been a professional wrestler, but didn't know much about him, so I decided to give this graphic novel a try because Andre seemed to have the kind of life that would be more interesting in a visual form. I enjoyed the story, though as other reviewers have mentioned, it wasn't as personal as I would've liked, but rather from a outsider point-of-view.
I have never enjoyed watching professional wrestling as a sport because I know it's faked, plus it seems reminds me of a soap opera with all its heroes and villains. As the author/illustrator points out in the author's note in the beginning of the book, "The culture of professional wrestling is, in some ways, built upon mass deception." However, in the case of someone like Andre the Giant, it seems like a good fit. Here you take someone who would not ordinarily fit in and because of his size and strength, he is in a profession where he was respected, loved and makes a whole lot of money doing what he was good at.
Andre Roussimoff was born in France to a Polish family, and was already taller than the average adult by the time he was twelve. He starts wrestling in Paris in 1969. He goes to Japan on his first international tour in 1970, where he first learns of his condition, Acromegaly, a tumor that grows on the pituitary gland of the brain which causes abnormal growth. It will cause him to "age prematurely, become crippled and his brow and jaw will become more pronounced (pg 53)". Plus he will only live to age 40, which is what precipitates his constant need for alcohol (of which he drinks copious amounts of in the book) to forget about that fact. From Japan, he flies to Montreal to fight. He's there for about a year before he heads to New York in 1973, where he meets Vince McMahon Sr, who is really the key to why Andre became one of the most popular professional wrestlers in America. Hulk Hogan, who was the only professional wrestler I really recognized growing up, was essentially Andre's protege. Andre the Giant was 7'5" and about 500 lbs at the height of his popularity. He died around age 40 in the country of his birth. 3 stars.
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