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Everything Is Teeth (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,060 ratings  ·  355 reviews
When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Pantheon (first published August 6th 2015)
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I run a hand over the sandpaper skin I've read about. Survivors find themselves grazed from it when the shark glides by.

Everything is teeth.

this is a family memoir in graphic novel form by evie wyld, focusing on her childhood trips to visit relatives in australia and her lifelong fascination with sharks; their role in both her actual experiences and in the realm of her imagination.

the writing is beautiful:

It's not the images that come first when I think of the parts of my childhood spent in
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-memoir
What was that? What that really a memoir? Or was it really a collection of random thoughts about sharks Evie’s had when she was a child.

I’m sorry, I expected to be reading about Evie Wyld’s childhood, not about the way sharks hunt, attack and kill you in a very visual manner, as this is a graphic “memoir” after all.

Evie has an unhealthy fascination—almost obsession—with sharks. At first you think she loves them so much she can’t stop thinking about them, but then she lets you know she is
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everything Is Teeth is a graphic memoir like nothing I've ever seen. The artwork is very good, with deliberate color schemes, realistic and sometimes jarring scenes, and fantastic panels from JAWS. Though I've not lived in Australia, I can truly relate to this all-consuming obsession with sharks, as I, too, felt much of what is depicted here for most of my childhood. Occasionally I still do. I blame Steven Spielberg 100%. In all seriousness though, there was a quiet beauty in this for me and ...more
David Schaafsma
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-memoir, nature
This graphic memoir made me think of that proverb, "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." In this book, Everything is Teeth, everything is teeth, which is to say that the young Evie, terrified by/obsessed with sharks, tends to associate all of her fears about her young self and her loved ones with the possibility of sharks mutilating her and them.

This is a strange book in a few ways: It has wonderful and strange artwork by Joe Sumner that seems to perfectly match the
Warning: This graphic novel contains images of animal and human death and injury, some imagined, some real.

When Evie’s brother gets a shark’s jaw for Christmas, she is fascinated. She finds a book about shark attacks and learns of Rodney Fox’s experience; how his abdomen was opened and all his ribs broken. His diaphragm punctured, lung ripped open, shoulder blade pierced, spleen uncovered…

The rest of this review (complete with pictures) can be found here!
Elizabeth A
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic memoir is so simple and yet incredibly effective. It tells the story of the author's obsession and fear of sharks as a young girl. The art is not complex, but sets the right mood for capturing the terrors of childhood. If like me you had a problem swimming after watching Jaws, then this is one for you. Beautifully and tenderly told.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have very mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, it is beautifully put together. The illustrations are quirky, and the text is simple yet effective. The premise is unique and interesting, and definitely captures your imagination.

However, I wanted a little more from this. I appreciate that it is difficult to achieve in such a short space of time, but I wanted more depth from the characters, and to learn more about them. When I compare it to another non-fiction graphic work, for example
Dov Zeller
This graphic memoir is beautiful to look at but I felt disconnected from the story and I think that it is at least in part because it is set up in ways that are thematically connected but unfocused. It explores a young girl's fear and obsession with sharks and also her dawning realization that it is not very often sharks maul humans, and much more common that humans maul sharks. It is a book about an emotional journey, the kind of fear that children must to some extent face on their own, even if ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really was looking forward to this graphic novel as I knew a lot of people who have similar taste to myself that had read and enjoyed this. I knew it was about sharks, and was a memoir of a kind, before going into it...honestly I think that's all you really need to know about this book becuase giving away any more of the story would probably steal some of the mystery from it.

This follows Evie (the author) as a young girl who has family in, and frequently visited (in her childhood)
This cover is killer - I wish the inside of the book lived up to the outside.
It's a quick, spare story about the author's Australian childhood, living with particular connections to sharks.

I wonder if part of the problem here is that it's illustrated by a different person than who wrote it. Memoir, particularly graphic novel memoir, is such a personal art. I'm trying to think of a really stellar one where the author didn't also illustrate. Maybe especially when we're dealing with the less
I mightn't've picked this up if it weren't for the fact I'm interested in sharks, and used to love Wyld's bookshop in Peckham when I lived there. (If you're ever in that area, I highly recommend, it's lovely.)

This was a touching graphic memoir. The best word I can think of was "soft", in contrast to the toothy menaces that Wyld was obsessed with as a kid. I learnt a few things about sharks (and a new thing about shrimps!), and enjoyed it immensely, feeling quite emotional at times. The art was
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story goes that when I was about fourish years old, my family went out to California to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousin. My cousin was a few years older than me, and my parents got him a tape and book about sharks. Evidently, it was too scary for him, so my aunt and uncle gave it back to my parents, who decided that rather than let it go to waste, I could have it. I then insisted that we listen to the tape over and over and over again in the car. Thus my lifelong love of sharks was born. ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, nonfiction
Evie Wyld is a fascinating writer to me because her work is always so delicate and dark. I've read her novel All the Birds, Singing, and was eager to read her memoir, especially when I heard that it was about sharks (I have my own weird fascination with these beautiful and terrifying creatures). Like her novel, the memoir is short, never a word out of place. Her writing is straight-forward and intentional. She focuses on her childhood and her family, very often only skimming a topic (like the ...more
Stewart Tame
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very haunting. As a little girl, Evie grows up fascinated by sharks. Some of the imagery gets quite graphic. Sharks swim in and about and through the panels, a visual metaphor for change and growing up, among other things. This book perfectly captures the magical way children have of looking at the world. Evie is both terrified of and fascinated by sharks. She imagines herself and members of her family being attacked and eaten, not out of malice or anything, but simply because, in her mind, ...more
1.5 stars
This was supposed to be a memoir? In that case, I wish the author had spent more time fleshing out the characters of her family (honestly, they all just seemed a bit interchangeable with one another), as well as not ending so abruptly before forwarding to the present. I did like Evie explaining life in Australia & would have liked to see her expand on that. While the art is simplistic, there are some horrifying images of shark attacks. The concept for this is interesting, but its
Jon Doyle
evie wyld

"The message from Wyld seems not so much ‘LOOK OUT LIFE WANTS TO EAT YOU!’ but rather ‘life could eat you, sure, but such occurrences are exceedingly rare and even then you can poke it in the eye and escape to the hands of kind strangers who prod your guts back into your body’"
Trigger warnings: blood, shark attack, gore, mental health, bullying.

This is such an Australian story in so many ways. Between the huntsman on the wall and the sharks in the water, the feeling of oppressive heat and of days spent at the beach. The whole coming-to-Australia-for-Christmas thing is very reminiscent of my own childhood, and it gave me a lot of feelings.

This is basically the story of Wyld's childhood and her infatuation with sharks. Sharks take the place of childhood fears and
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4.5 stars

5 stars for the artwork, 4 stars for the story.

I picked this up at the library as an impulse simply because of the cover and title, having no idea what it was about. What first drew me in when I flipped through the book, though, was the artwork. The simple stark black and white illustrations along with the colored, the almost photo-like quality of the sharks added in made for interesting graphics. Pretty cool.

The story was also different as it was more of a memoir of the MC's
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth☮ by: Elizabeth A
I am so glad this book came to my attention. The writing is spare, but the images are so evocative that both work well together.

Wyld's memoir is about her summers in Australia and her fascination with sharks. I, too, have a fascination with sharks. Mine began when I saw Jaws as a kid. That movie left quite an impression. And, just like Wyld, I kept my eyes open for any impending shark encounters.

This is a perfect homage to her father also. The way Wyld connects beginning to end is quite
I really loved the art in this - especially the contrast between a 2D, cartoon-y Evie + her family vs. the 3D, colorful sharks + wildlife. I liked the tone and thought this would get more introspective, but it finished without answering my questions. For someone who likes subtlety in what she reads, I thought this was a bit too vague towards the end.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first graphic novel. Beautiful illustrations, a nicely paced story about sharks, childhood anxieties and fear. My favourite line, about heading into the water, "I get in up to my knees and the sun turns my hair to hot bread".
Not sure what I expected from this, maybe a bit more?? The drawing is v cool tho and having had grown up in Australia I got some pangs of nostalgia.
This is a cleverly written memoir about a girl and her obsession with sharks. Within her obsession framework, she recounts her coming of age as she moves from her irrational fear of sharks to acceptance of them and their killing ways. The shark represents her fears in many areas of her life: her brother, her father, her mother. They also serve as a metaphor for accepting the beauty and savagery of life. She eventually comes to terms with the injustice of her life, part of growing up. She becomes ...more
I must be one of the only people of my generation who has still not seen Jaws and for good reason. I know enough about it to understand that is is the stuff that children's (long lasting) nightmares are made of..... and I'm one of these people who wouldn't set foot in open water again after seeing those horrors on screen.

Evie Wyld, growing up, had an obsession and ongoing fear of sharks, only made worse by seeing films about them and visiting a gruesome little shark museum on a visit with her
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
EVERYTHING IS TEETH manages to be simultaneously sparse and rich. The story doesn’t feel complete, but its format demands that it be that way; even as you’re wanting more, you know you have the information you need to appreciate this dark and beautiful story. I loved the artwork and am now interested in reading Wyld’s fiction.
Callum McAllister
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great comic. The best thing comics can do is use the conjunction of art and text to crate a sense that neither can do alone, which is what Wyld and Sumner do here: the sense of obsession, love and fear - and how bad thoughts can linger, how they can seem real.
What an odd little story. The art style made the moments there were sharks on the page very jarring and unsettling. I enjoyed that.
A graphic novel by Miles Franklin Award wining author Evie Wyld. Packed with metaphors and interesting graphics.
Celebrates Shark Attack survivors for Shark Conservation.
A good one to peruse.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent graphic novel, a coming of age story featuring sharks at every turn. I thought I was the only kid who imagined sharks swimming around the floor so I had to keep my legs tucked in on the couch, but it looks like I'm in good company.
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