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The Stuff of Legend, Book 1 by Mike Raicht
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Jun 25, 11

bookshelves: young-adult-fantasy, graphic-novel-fantasy-sf
Read in June, 2011

This is a wonderful fantasy graphic novel for teens or adults. Yes, it has childish motifs, but I really wouldn't give this to a young child to read, not if you ever expected them to sleep in their own bed again.
You see, the Boogeyman is not only real, he's very much not a nice monster. Out of the blue, he pops out of the closet and kidnaps a boy into the darkness, never to be seen again. At least, that's the plan. The only thing that stands in the way are the boy's loyal toys and his puppy, all of whom go marching into the darkness to save their boy.
The thing is, the world on the other side is not a nice place. There's some grim violence, capable of inducing nightmares, as each toy faces brutal settings and a strange set of interactions, as each becomes slightly real in that world...not completely, but slightly.
As a result, this book is halfway between Winnie the Pooh and Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, with a touch of Lewis Carroll and a bit of Shrek, a blend I had really never expected to ever see.
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