I will admit, this is most likely the first graphic novel I have read in its entirety. And while I cannot say it converted me to be a lover of the gen...moreI will admit, this is most likely the first graphic novel I have read in its entirety. And while I cannot say it converted me to be a lover of the genre, I do respect the book type and artistry of the book. The storyline of the book was extremely complex and I found it somewhat hard to follow, but avid lovers of the genre may think it just right. However, I did like the intricacies of the plot and how it wove different fairytales together. For instance, the companion of the main character ended up being Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk at the end. The different fairytales woven in didn’t overpower the main storyline but also weren’t too subtle either. While there was much action in the story, I would classify this as a graphic novel for girls rather than boys. This doesn’t mean that boys couldn’t enjoy the book, but a girl is more likely to pull it off the shelf to read. Despite it being a girl book though, I found many of the illustrations to look rather masculine. This could simply be the styling of a graphic novel, but still, they were overly boyish for me. I believe that the illustrations could be done so that they look more feminine while still being comic like. Overall, I liked the fact that the story was a classic fairy tale with a twist, or rather, many twists. Some of the writing was too simple though, and the illustrations weren’t suitable for the intended audience. (less)
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges is a book that both adults and children can benefit from reading. It is the story of Ruby Bridges as a six year old a...more Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges is a book that both adults and children can benefit from reading. It is the story of Ruby Bridges as a six year old and the sole black student in her New Orleans “integrated” school. Bridges did a great job telling the story using language that children can understand but not so that adults can’t read as well. Her bravery and courage pours through the pages without her trying to sound ridiculously noble or arrogant. After all, she was a six year old in the story. What I enjoyed so much was the little excerpts and pictures on each page. While the story centered around her, the reader was able to learn a more well rounded version of the Civil Rights Movement at the same time. These excerpts allowed the story to be told from multiple perspectives, which only added to the book’s greatness. Another helpful part of the book was the timeline in the back of the book. For events that children are unfamiliar with, they need something to help them string the events together, such as a timeline. Amazon.com suggests that the book be for ages nine and up, but I might shy away from reading this to young children. The discrimination may be too heavy for them. This book showed children that bravery and courage can come from any aged person and they must not shy away from what they know is right. (less)
The young adult novel Trash by Andy Mulligan is by no means a work of junk, like it’s title suggests. Trash is a hidden treasure that depicts a grues...more The young adult novel Trash by Andy Mulligan is by no means a work of junk, like it’s title suggests. Trash is a hidden treasure that depicts a gruesome and devastating reality for boys living in, you guessed it, trash. While the story wasn’t exquisitely written, its simple style did the book justice. The boys were real characters and the reader felt for them. However as the story progressed, they became deceiving through the tasks they did, which some readers may not appreciate. One aspect that I thought helped the book was its use of multiple narrators. This allows the reader to see the story from other perspectives and gives them a more rounded opinion. Since the voices keep returning to the boys, the main story isn’t lost through the other narrators. While some young adult books are simply read for entertainment, Trash is a book a teen can learn from. Teens’ eyes will be opened by the stark realization that people do live like this in some parts of the world. They can gain a more worldly view and a better appreciation for their own life and belongings. The exact setting of the novel was never directly said. It was obviously a Hispanic area, most likely in Asia, but it wasn’t defined. This detail is ultimately irrelevant in the novel because it showed the reader that it could be anywhere, even somewhere close to them. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Trash and thought it was an informative, quick, and compelling read. I would highly recommend it to young adults, especially those who enjoy an adventure or those who need their eyes opened to the reality of the world.
Before reviewing, I must admit, fantasy books aren’t exactly my genre of choice. I would much rather prefer a realistic fiction, or something that I c...moreBefore reviewing, I must admit, fantasy books aren’t exactly my genre of choice. I would much rather prefer a realistic fiction, or something that I can relate to. However, Puddlejumpers was a fantasy book that actually kept me wanting to read more. The length of the book and size of the text was well suited for the target age range (10-14). The main character in the story, Ernie Banks, or rather, Shawn, is kidnapped as a child by puddlejumpers and then escapes and is put into an orphanage. The story details his journey back to his father and conquest of the enemies of the puddlejumpers. At first, I thought the story could be easily told without making it fantasy. The story is interesting enough to stand on it’s own. This book may be better suited to an older child because of the details and intricate plotlines in contains. The story is wrapped up well at the end, but the reader is confused along the way. These extra details definitely add to the story though and are necessary for the reader to create a mental image of the puddlejumpers world. My favorite part of the book was the character development, especially in Ernie. While he wasn’t a definitional “role model” character, he still had the reader rooting for him and taught lessons along the way. By knowing his background and reasons for his actions, the reader is able to relate to Ernie. So while Puddlejumpers didn’t magically convert me into a fantasy fanatic, I did respect the style of the book and the story behind it. (less)
This book is by far suited for boys around ages ten to twelve, but still appeals to a wide audience of both boys and girls of different ages. While th...moreThis book is by far suited for boys around ages ten to twelve, but still appeals to a wide audience of both boys and girls of different ages. While the subplot stories are by no means heavy in subject matter, they are extremely relatable to kids. They range from the deep fear of asking a girl to dance to the embarrassment of not being allowed to go see an R rated movie. There is an overall theme to the book with Dwight, a nerdy boy who doesn’t quite fit in, and his magical origami yoda. The chapters go by quickly and the book is an easy read for kids. The main feature of the book is its style. When the reader first opens the book and sees a black cover page, they know they are in for a different and unique treat. Pages have a gray tint and appear crinkled in many cases, and doodles fill the margins. Each chapter is narrated by a different character, so different points of view fill the novel. Some voices remain throughout the stories though. Tommy, the main character, adds his comments at the end of each chapter, many times following Harvey’s comments. Each character has their own font, creating continually new appearances in the book. Overall, I would give the book three and a half stars out of five because I admired the styling of the book, but the story wasn’t deep or consistent enough for me. (less)