Posted in Book Review, Graphic Novels

Elenora Mandragora

By Severine Gauthier

Art by Thomas Labourot

Elenora Mandragora is the daughter of Merlin, the wizard. This graphic novel is the story of her adventures. Merlin dies so she has to do things by herself. She makes some mistake which are very funny. She is a strong female and in the end it works out.

I can’t tell you more without giving away the fun. I liked this story because it is funny, has a strong female character, has magic and has a good story. The illustrations are really cool. The way the people are drawn are different and very cool. There are a lot of details in the pictures.

I recommend this to kids who graphic novels, magic or are looking for a female lead.

Bridget note: I will be taking a break through the Christmas Holiday. I have lots of books going so I will be back!

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Bodie Troll

By Jay Fosgitt

Bodie Troll is a very grumpy troll. That is what I am like in the morning. He has a problem with a fairy. She is always blaming him for stuff and fussing at him. They sound like a brother and sister. There is more than one story in this book and they are all funny. Bodie is constantly getting into problems with people.

Bodie is funny. The stories are very funny. They are what kids go through but in a fantasy world. This is a good way to think about what you go through but with some fantasy.

I recommend this to kids who need a laugh and people who have a case of the grumpy.

I have heard a second book comes out in 2018. Jay is friends with my comic book guys! I also met him at Ann Arbor comic event in spring.

Posted in Awesome Kids, Book Review, Graphic Novels, Reviews by Alexander

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel

I read this but because I haven’t read the Wings of Fire book series, i didn’t really get it. My cousin, Alexander, is a huge Wings of Fire fan so I asked him to read this. My aunt said he was super excited to do it. The illustrator is Mike Holmes and I do love his work!

image from http://wingsoffire.wikia.com/wiki/The_Dragonet_Prophecy_(Graphic_Novel)

Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy is about 5 dragonets and a prophecy.  The prophecy tells how to end the war that has lasted for twenty years.  The dragonets must choose one of three sandwing queens to rule the sandwing tribe. This book follows the five dragonets as they escape and attempt to find their homes and meet all the queens so they can know all their personalities in person and not just from stories and scrolls, because you never know when to trust a scroll.

In the novel Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy it says in the prologue what happens to the skywing egg and in the Wings of Fire graphic novel it shows them hatching.  Both tell you different parts of the story, so you should read them both.  Other than the prologue, the stories are the same.  The characters in the graphic novel don’t look like the characters on the cover of the original book.  The graphic novel has a nice story line.  The illustrations are very detailed and look even cooler than they did in my imagination for some of the dragons.

I think people who like dragons, fantasy and prophecies and escaping would like this book.  People who trust scroll could learn from this book series.

The prophecy….. “When the war has lasted 20 years… the dragonets will come.  When the land is soaked in blood and tears… the dragonets will come.  Find the seawing egg of deepest blue, wings of night shall come to you. The  largest egg in mountain high will give to you the wings of sky. For the wings of earth, search through the mud for an egg the color of dragon blood.  And hidden alone from the rival queens, the sandwing eggs awaits unseen.  Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn, two shall die and one shall learn if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher, she’ll have the power of wings of fire.  Five eggs to hatch on brightest night, five dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light.  The dragonets are coming…”

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

By Jen Wang

This is a graphic novel where a Prince hires a dressmaker to make him dresses. He does it because he likes dresses (Bridget note: I agree with him. They are more comfortable than pants) No one recognizes him as the Prince in the dresses. He even enters a beauty contest and wins! It was his first night out.

A whole bunch of stuff happens before He gets found out and is grounded. There is a happy ending but I am not telling you anymore. It is too good and I want you to find out on your own.

I think this book is about letting people express themselves however they want to. If it doesn’t hurt other people, like a boy wearing a dress, who cares. If you are not ok with a boy wearing a dress, this book is not for you.

If you want to go on a fun adventure with good fashion and lovely ladies, this is the book for you.

This book will be released in February so considering pre-ordering it.

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The Witch Boy

By Molly Knox Ostertag

The Witch Boy is a great book about being yourself. The main character is Aster and Charlie, a non magical girl. Aster comes from a family of witches and shapeshifters. He wants to be a Witch but boys are supposed to be a shapeshifter. Charlie helps him figure out how to be himself.

This is a graphic novel. I liked that it shows you can be yourself and not what other people want you to be. I like the artwork. It is really cool.

I think most kids should read this. It is hard to be yourself. This book will help them appreciate being themselves.

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The Rocket

By Joshua Buchanan

First, sorry, Joshua, that it has taken so long for me to review this.

This is a graphic novel about Foxfur and his adventures with the worst inventions ever seen. He attends a special school and he makes an enemy. He also makes a friend and lives with his sister. They help with his efforts to save the world from his enemy.

Right here I am changing up my review because I have some things to discuss with Joshua.

Joshua, let me ask me this – is Foxfur’s “death” like Shiro in (the new) Voltron’s? Is he really dead or could he come back because I am not too happy with your ending.

Now back to regular review. I liked that the character was a fox and he was an inventor. I like it when people make animals more human. I think Joshua is a good illustrator. You should follow him on instagram.

This isn’t a little kid graphic novel since I spoiled the ending above. I would suggest third grade and up. Kids who like adventures and inventions would like this. People who want to save the world might like it too.

The Rocket is a good story. Now, can I have a minor sequel?

(Bridget note: Mom stopped copying my notes when I went on a long description on Voltron and how The Rocket is like it.)

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Cici’s Journal

By Joris Chamblain & Aurelie Neyret

This is a graphic novel plus journal. That means there are some parts are comic book like and other parts you can write in. Cici is a girl who wants to be an author and has a secret journal. Cici is very nice and sometimes has challenges with her friend. She is also a detective and a lot of times keeps stuff from her friend.

The book about what happens in Cici’s life – the challenges and surprises.

I liked that it shows the challenges she has to face and what happens. I liked that is combined and not just a tradition journal or graphic novel.

I think girls my age would like to read this. Maybe the boys too. A grownup might like it because of the dual set up.