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Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things by Ted Naifeh
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Nov 05, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

Courtney Crumrin is being forced to move to a more upscale suburb by her slightly opportunistic and always oblivious parents to live with her Uncle Aloysius. Thing is, though, Courtney isn't your average mall kid, the new house isn't your your modern day McMansion, and Uncle Aloysius isn't your typical crusty old coot - good thing, too, because when things start getting weird, Ucle Aloysius may be the only one standing between Courtney and disaster.

Courtney Crumrin is a modern Gothic fairy tale, more Grimm than Disney. It combines amazing graphics with a darkly humourous and highly entertaining coming-of-age tale - think Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets the kids from 90210 in a yuppie conclave where the parents are so self-absorbed, no one would notice if a human baby was swapped with a goblin.

Although I suspect this graphic novel is aimed at kids 12 and up, there is plenty here to appeal to all ages. Read it for the story or the humour or the graphics - any or all - you're bound to find something here you like.

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