Jane Yolen weaves a beautiful retelling of the hero's journey where the hero is a liar and his mentor is *gasp* a girl. Yolen's story is accompanied bJane Yolen weaves a beautiful retelling of the hero's journey where the hero is a liar and his mentor is *gasp* a girl. Yolen's story is accompanied by amazing artwork that at times is so delicate that it resembles traditional Japanese painting.
There a couple things that I specifically liked about this graphic novel- 1st, I loved the personification that Yolen used to describe the dragon and its surroundings at the beginning of the book: "dragons slept by the ocean's edge, in the green shade of trees that wept their leaves into the water." Phenomenal writing. 2nd, although the 3 sisters were kind of stereotypical for fairy tales (Rosemary: plain and a hard worker, Sage: one beautiful and air headed, Tansy: one hard headed and unique), Sage was entertaining throughout the story. Loved the comic relief. Other puns and humor were thrown in throughout as well such as the name of the town is Meddlesome because everyone quarrels and Yolen would put thought bubbles of what characters were thinking that were hilarious.
This graphic novel is perfect for so many readers and will certainly find a home in many classrooms and probably curricula as well.
(There were a couple of things I didn't like- 1st, I hated that a character that I really liked had to die so close to the beginning to get the story going. It does fit into the hero/fairy tale story, but I really liked him. 2nd, I didn't like the dialogue font, but I think since it was an e-galley that could change before final printing.)...more
I am so glad that my friend Maria shared this title with me. Adrienne of Princeless is so kick butt (and definitely is right up there with all of theI am so glad that my friend Maria shared this title with me. Adrienne of Princeless is so kick butt (and definitely is right up there with all of the girls on the Girl Power Middle Grade list from the Nerdy Book Club). She is an atypical princess who not only doesn't want to be prime and proper and she definitely doesn't want to be swept off of her feet by Prince Charming. She wants to be in control of her own life, but that is hard when your parents have locked you in a tower guarded by a dragon waiting to be rescued by her "true love". And MAN! she takes the bull, well dragon actually, by the horns.
I think this graphic novel will be a great transition book for girls who have not read any graphic novels or comics yet, but enjoy fantasy books. I cannot wait to share it with my students (and I've already passed it along to a friend to read). I am so glad my friend Maria introduced me to this series. ...more
I was enchanted with this book from the opening pages when the descriptive language grabbed me! I could close my eyes and picture exactly what Anne Ursu was describing. Ursu also alludes to so many great novels and fairy tales throughout Breadcrumbs such as When you Reach Me, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter, and The Little Match Girl on top of the main inpsiration for the story: The Snow Queen. Though I am not familiar with The Snow Queen either, it was easy to fall into Ursu's magical world.
On top of the language of the book, the protagonist is such an exceptional young girl. Hazel is someone that I wish I was friends with! She has the best imagination, but this also separates her from what is expected in "the real world" which is why she always navigates back to Jack- the one person who seems to get her. So, when Jack stops talking to her, you see Hazel having to mold herself to fit into a niche where she is not tormented- this devastated me! However, when she learns that Jack needed to be rescued, Hazel returns to her old self and knows that she must be the princess to save the knight (pretty empowering for a 5th grader!). ...more
In a book about werewolves unlike any I've ever read, Bryn is a teenage human who has been raised by werewolves. When her parents were killed when sheIn a book about werewolves unlike any I've ever read, Bryn is a teenage human who has been raised by werewolves. When her parents were killed when she was 4 by a rogue werewolf, Callum, the alpha of a pack, saved her and marked her as his own. Since then Bryn has been raised in the pack, but has never fit in with either the werewolves or humans.
In this world that Jennifer Lynn Barnes has created, werewolves are born, not bitten and changed. That is until a young boy named Chase is found attacked and alive. He was bit and is now a werewolf. This is not something that happens. How did it happen?
I had many different people recommend this book to me and it did not disappoint. Bryn is strong and resilient; such a great character. This is a book about family and bonds and love just with werewolves :)