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I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
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Aug 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel
Read in August, 2009

A graphic novel with art by Ken Niimura that portrays the inner struggle, pain, and imagination of the young main character, Barbara Thorson, as well as the writing does. The art reminded me of Manga and "Spirited Away." Barbara's imagination does not just include giants and titans, but sprites and fairies that are with her throughout her days (there's even one of the cover of the book, if you hold the book at the right angle). I think that Kelly faithfully portrays what it can be like for a child who is considered "weird" to go through school with bullies, teachers, school psychologists, and, if she's lucky, a friend. Kelly also depicts why a child like Barbara might escape into her imagination. Finally, with great artistry, Kelly and Niimura teach us that sometimes you have to face what you are most afraid of to realize that you are stronger than you think you are.

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