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Escape from the Lizzarks

(Nnewts #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  167 reviews
A little hero faces big challenges in the first book of this totally unique fantasy-adventure series.
The first book in the Nnewts series follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Graphix
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E1 Camille
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book was really nice. It had a good storyline. I really recommend it. It was a graphic novel. I found a difference between the character and I. The character is very brave, and I am not so brave.
Melissa Chung
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an okay read. 3.5 stars. Love the illustrations. I'm just a bit confused about the story.

This graphic novel is about a division of a Kingdom. Once a great king had a great kingdom, but his subjects grew greedy and selfish. There was civil unrest and the kingdom broke apart. One side going up river and the other headed south. The northern territory called Nnewtown used Engery bugs to power the homes and still believed in magic. The south used Plasma Chili's to power theirs. The southern
In the Nnewt village, magician's son Herk is sick of being stuck in the spawning pool with the eggs, as his legs are still too weak to allow him to walk around with the older newts. When his village is sacked by the evil Lizzarks, Herk is the only one to escape alive (or is he?). Fleeing by water and other means, always pursued, he has a string of adventures that lead him to some truths he never suspected--and both danger and kindness. But the story is far from over...

I usually love TenNapel's
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I struggled with the rating of this book.

The artwork was marvelous and there did seem to be an interesting story trying to take place, but everything happened at breakneck speed and there didn't seem to be any type of pacing or flow going on throughout this book.

I didn't find it confusing, but I can understand how children might.

I also am not sure who the target audience is for Nnewts. There was far, far more graphic violence in this graphic novel than in any other children's or YA graphic novel
Elaine Fultz
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A sweet little Nnewt village is attacked by violent evil Lizzarks, but our unlikely hero, Herk, gets away to fight another day even though he lacks his newt legs and must crawl like a tadpole. Herk discovers an unknown Nnewt village (and here it takes on a Boneville turn) and is embraced by a new community. TenNapel’s Cardboard and Ghostopolis are more engaging stories. Here there’s nothing unique except an odd journey to the heavens when Herk’s parents die and Orion (Nnewt god) intervenes when ...more
Abby Johnson
Oh, Doug TenNapel, you are so weird but in the best way. This graphic novel, like TenNapel's other works, reads very cinematically; I could imagine I was watching a TV show as the action unfolded in front of me. This is an imaginative start to a new series.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Many of my students enjoyed this graphic novel this year. Fans of Cardboard will like this one.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading graphic novels
Dramatic and very strange story about warring between different species on an alien planet. The story is heartbreaking in parts and I would not recommend it for very young readers, despite the cartoonish nature of the illustrations.

Experiences in the afterlife are presented and may be considered religious by some, but I think this helps to soften the brutality of characters dying.

Also, there are a lot of plot holes in the story that I assume will be resolved in future books. The book is just
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very fascinating, especially the twists, turns, and shocks. Once you read this book you really get connected with Herk and see how it feels, when you're all alone and have nowhere to go. When Herk travels by himself, his parents die, his sister betrays him, and has to go through it essentially by himself which is astonishing. These Lizzarks took down his village while this all happened. One minute Herk had everything, the next he had nothing. I would really nominate this to a lot of ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite of TenNapel's books. I was not as invested in Herk's misfortunes as I should have been. Having said that, my students LOVE this one, which is why I picked it up.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, but could be longer.
Scott Asher
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Nnewt city is beset by evil Lizzarks in an unprovoked attack that devastates the people and leaves young Herk alone and on the run. The problem is that Herk is handicapped by under developed legs. As he struggles to survive he also searches for a way to restore his legs and find his destiny.

At times the story seems disconnected and problems are solved too conveniently and quickly. For instance, Herk has a disability but instead of overcoming it he [SPOILERS] fights the god of the Lizzarks
It's always challenging to review the first book in a planned series since there must be dangling ends in order for there to even merit a continuation of the story. In the case of this graphic novel series, the importance of Orion who saves the protagonist, Herk, just at the right moment, is clear but not why he intercedes. Nor is Herk's parentage certain. I'm assuming these issues will be explored further in the next installment, and I can raise my rating. On its own, though, the book is ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I received an ARC for my local library and read this to present a review.

Nnwets: Escape from the Lizzarks follows the first in a series of adventures featuring Herk, a nnewt with little legs but a lot of courage. When his town is attacked by lizzarks, he flees, beginning a journey he never knew he was destined for.

The premise, world, and characters of Nnwets all seem to spring into existence from nothing. While these are all good building blocks for a story full of encouragement and inspiration
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Doug TenNapel is one of my favourite graphic novelists. I don't think I could not like anything he did :-) This is a cute fantasy for kids, not his very best work however still good for middle schoolers and elementary. Though the death of the main character's family may be too much for sensitive younger children. Very cute main characters, the nnewts, and scary-looking bad guys but also kind of creepy-cute. Basically an underdog story, where the protagonist has withered legs and cannot walk. ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun, quick, entertaining book. I love the graphics and the story. Herk is the perfect hero. I was cheering for him the whole time. The author did a good job of not getting too wordy with the story. What I mean by this is that he did not use a lot of big words or too much description, which for the age range he was going for the attention span of these younger readers is still short so less is more in this case. Plus the author knows how to write for this age group as the Lizzarks are ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, graphic-novel, 2015
I wanted to like this since I'm in search of a new fantasy graphic novel series but Nnewts just didn't do anything for me. Everything seemed done before and was predictable. I did like the illustrations.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun middle grade read. Every time I thought it might be a little young the story veered into some thoughtful passages, deeper emotions, and/or dismemberment.
There's a lot of great stuff going on here, but it's almost too much. the pace is almost frantic and it's tough to keep up with everything that's going on. But it's good enough to keep reading!
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel is another summer reading selection for middle grade readers. This is the first in a series of graphic novels which follow the adventures of Herc, a Nnewt, who is on both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. From the beginning, the reader is launched into this fictional world of creatures called Nnewts and their enemies the Lizzarks. There was a sense that one should already be familiar with characters and backstory. The narrative ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
As a 14 year old in high school

In my opinion i think that this book wasn't bad but also wasn't the best because in the beginning it had alot of drama in the village and then towards the middle it started to get intense and then towards the end the author leaves us readers with a cliffhanger. The main characters are herk, his mom, dad,weretoads.Their village gets attacked by the weretoads and the warriors have to protect the village.Herk's wants strong legs something that his mom and dad wish
Brody Kinnison
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
NNewts Book Review
Readers that like fantasy and science fiction will love the NNewts Book.
The main character, Herk is ran out of his village by Lizzarks which forces him to decide whether he is going to give up or conquer the Lizzarks. Herk struggles with not being able to walk but once he gains courage from a few friends he is unstoppable. He sets out to destroy anything in his path that will keep him from his family, including the Snake King.

I liked the book it was a very easy read. It was
Well I had a patron asking for this series and I noticed it was checked out and I wanted to give it a try. In fact, I was hoping that this might be a potential battle book. Alas, it is a bit too violent to work for all the kids but I can see how some kids really love it. The story is of Heck who is a little nnewt and has underdeveloped legs that make it hard for him to walk. He primarily survives in the water. One day the Lizzarks come to his village to destroy it and he escapes through the ...more
Justin Xie
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The plot of the book is really interesting because towards the end of the book, we get a good look to what the next book will be which relates to the interesting plot of the first book. The problem is that the book is too rushed as we don’t get any depths of the characters there so it doesn’t make the character, Zerk, at all too interesting.

Some themes to include that are in the book are “Don’t give up hope”

Main character: Herk, Little Sister, Pikk, these are the characters that are alive.

Fabian Hernandez
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book Nnewts by Doug TenNapel is about a kid named Herk who can't walk because of his small legs. Also, a wierd kind of animals destroy herk's family and the town. It is herks journey to stop the lizzarks. "Little Legs. Big Heart" means that it doesn't matter about your disabilities, it matters about your inside. The book was sad in the beggining, but then it started rising to how herk is handeling against the lizzarks. Herk even takes out his inner power around the end. I liked this book a ...more
3.5 Read this in one sitting. Really beautiful colors.

I was quite surprised by the violence and death in this... Though the cover is a little scary, now that I look at it, I mistakenly thought that this was geared towards a younger audience. This should probably go to an older reader since there are mature themes of war, death, and familial loss.
This would be a great book for a reluctant reader as well, since there isn't a lot of dialogue, and the action moves pretty fast.

So far, lots of feels,
Jenny Staller
I loved the artwork in this but felt that the story wasn't very strong--I think this is in large part because it's the first title in a series, so there was a lot of world building and setup that needed to be done. Also, not that this is necessarily a strike against it, but it was way darker and more violent than I expected! I do think this would be a great recommendation for fans of the Bone or Amulet series, and I'll probably still read the next book because they're such easy reads.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning, a baby monster can't walk and his dad goes hunting for a monster and gets turned into a monster with his friends. next in the middle the monsters go to his house and kidnap his mom and sister. In the end, the baby monster fights the monsters to save his mom and sister. I thought the book was a great book because of the end the baby saved his family and learned to walk and it was full of surprises.
Another interesting graphic novel from Doug TenNapel. Overall, I was impressed by this book - I liked the adventure aspect, as well as the twists and turns. There were a few odd moments though that left me feeling not entirely satisfied. Still, an interesting adventure, and I'm certainly intrigued enough to read book 2.
Ryan Miller
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
My kids (7 and 10) loved it. I found it kind of confusing. Of course, there is a chosen one in this type of quest-based, finding-oneself graphic novel, but the first volume doesn't really explain why any events are happening. Even in a serial, it would be nice to have just a few answers parceled to us.
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Doug TenNapel is the Eisner Award winning writer/artist of over sixteen graphic novels. He is published by Image Comics and Scholastic/Graphics.

He's been married for 27 years to the love of his life and has four book-loving kids.

Doug's favorite authors include G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He reads mostly philosophy but tends to get his fiction from audio-books.

His performs live

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Nnewts (3 books)
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