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GoGo Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto
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Aug 30, 2011

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Books in which children are special, different creatures from those strange adult people tend to be either excellent or terrible. Because there’s so much you can do with that premise – but there’s a danger of it getting to be cloying or precious.

Gogo Monster handles this balance superbly. The book stars a kid named Yuki who’s right on the balance of teenagerhood. For him, getting older means not seeing the world’s wonderful monsters anymore – and he’s desperately scared that no matter what he does, he’ll keep getting older. Taiyo Masumoto handles this superbly, in a psychosis-tinged story that really gets what it means for a kid to choose to be an outcast.

This book: SO GOOD.
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