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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.

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Meet the Author: Nick Tapalansky

 

img_3116Author website/social media: nicktapalansky.com
Tell me a little about yourself: Author. Attempted Social Media Hermit. Sushi Lover. Reader of All the Things.

When you were my age, did you like to read? Oh, like isn’t a strong enough word. I loved to read. I usually had stacks of books beside my bed, on the bookshelf in my room, in my backpack… Not so different from me today, actually! (Bridget note: sounds like me!)

What was your favorite story? This is a tough one. Some real hard hitting journalism, Bridget! It’d be almost impossible for me to settle on a single story, but I absolutely loved Bunnicula, The Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, and Return to the Howliday Inn by James Howe. I read them so many times I wore my copies out. Same with Skinnybones and Almost Starring Skinny Bones by Barbara Park and Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Oh! And The Phantom Tollbooth by Jules Feiffer! Can’t forget my buddy Milo and his amazing adventure.

And I came to it when I was a bit older than you, but Jeff Smith’s Bone changed the way I understood comics and graphic storytelling and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can tell I’m old because I had to read it in the original black and white which, to this day, is still my favorite way to read it (despite thinking that Steve Hamaker’s color work on it is absolutely fantastic).

See what I mean? And we’re just scratching the surface here. I could talk about this for days.

How do you get your ideas? Like where did idea for unattached shadow come from? It changes from book to book, honestly. Sometimes it’s two unrelated ideas coming together in unexpected ways, sometimes it’s just inspiration that seems to come out of nowhere. The basic concept for Cast No Shadow, a boy with no shadow falling in love with a ghost, was definitely something that sort of came out of nowhere (although I’ll confess that the unattached shadow was certainly inspired a bit by Peter Pan, another favorite of mine).

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Is it hard to write a book? Yeah, each story is its own unique challenge, but in all the best ways. The hardest part across any story I write is just getting through a first draft because, halfway through, I’ll have a new idea for an earlier scene I want to add or change. The trick is to just finish a story, beginning to end, so you have a whole something to go back and fix. Editing and rewriting is always so much easier, and often more fun, because there’s a world and a cast of characters already moving around doing their thing and, rather than discovering and meeting them for the first time, I get to play with them instead.

Do you have a favorite among the books you have written? This is a hard one! I love them all, honestly, but the one I love most is usually whichever I’m currently writing. I actually have two more already finished and being illustrated for release next year (I think you might like Samantha Loring and the Impossible World, which is being published by Top Shelf – I’ll be sure to send a copy over when it’s done! Bridget note: YES!) and I’m deep in the planning stages for two more. It’s those two super-secret projects that I’m most excited about right now.

Why do you think graphic novels are important for kids? They’re great gateway books for readers of all levels, and can often be less intimidating for folks who might be scared to pick up a really dense book with no illustrations. It also demonstrates multiple ways to tell a story, which I think is inspiring to anyone interested in spinning yarns of their own.

What author do you really like right now? It’s hard to choose just one! I’m in the middle of When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Wilson, which I’m really enjoying, and recently read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle for the first time, which was unique, coming to it as an adult with no nostalgia for it.

On the comics side, I’m always excited by anything David Petersen (Mouse Guard) and Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl) are doing in the all-ages world.

What advice do you have for a kid who wants to be an author? I love this question, and as it happens I have a few go-to bits of advice that I still rely on myself every day (many of which were cribbed from Stephen King’s On Writing book, which I read at 16 and revisit at least once a year):

  • Read, read, read! Make time to read as often as possible.
  • Pay attention to the world around you. It’s often the little details you include in your work that engross readers because they either see them in their own day-to-day life or have actually lived those moments themselves.
  • It’s totally okay if your stories sound like someone else when you start writing. It takes a ton of time to find your own voice, and most everybody starts by imitating their favorite authors while they figure out the nuts and bolts of telling a story.
  • Always finish what you start. Remember that nobody gets it write on the first try and that rewriting is something almost every author does.
  • When you finish a first draft, set it aside for a few weeks and forget about it. Don’t jump into rewrites right away. When you’re far enough removed from the passion of writing it the first time, it’s easier to see the parts that don’t work and do the fun work of fixing it up.
  • Don’t get discouraged! You may work super hard on something only to reach the end and decide you don’t like it. That’s okay, because guess what? You don’t have to! You can just put it in a drawer and forget about it, never showing it to anybody. The important thing is finishing what you start. The more you finish, the better you become at your craft.