I hope you are all well! I am back today with some more mini reviews of graphic novels. I’ve read SO MANY of them recently that I’m working my way through them and trying to group my reviews my TYPE of graphic novel!
Bad Island – Doug Tennapel
“When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island’s dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them . . . or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.”
This graphic novel is a great ride. It’s a brilliant in to science-fiction, slightly scary graphic novels and it’s going down a storm with my Year 6s! The boys in particular are LOVING it and are desperate for more like this! This is filled with aliens, a strange island, a family who THINK they’re going on a lovely holiday and a gorgeous sibling bond. What happens when you get stranded on a strange desert island filled with never before seen plants and some strange creatures? You get this brilliant story about an island, a brother and sister pair and a great adventure. This is gorgeously illustrated and brilliantly paced – perfect for UKS2 readers!
The Lost Boy – Greg Ruth
“After Nate moves into his new house, he discovers an old tape recorder in his bedroom and is suddenly thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many years ago. Now, as strange creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local sleuth, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, because a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.”
I really enjoyed this and it’s another one that is going down really well with my kids – they’re loving the mystery and the intrigue that runs through this! This is a tantalising mystery that is just screaming to be read and solved. A years old story about a missing boy, a strange land and some tape recordings of his findings fall in Nate’s hands. He’s not sure what to do with them until he listens to them and then it’s out of his hands… can he find the missing boy? With help from Tabitha, he sets out to achieve something that’s been years in the making. I really loved this – a scary mystery graphic novel without being TERRIFYING. There’s brilliant fantasy in this that loads of kids will love!
Nightmare Escape – Greg Grunberg
“Ben has a problem. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they’re all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people’s dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.”
Ben is a dream jumper and when he ends up meeting a few children in their nightmares, he realises he has to save them! With the help of some friends, he battles to do it. I really loved the idea of this… it’s a bit out there, but not totally scary! I mean who doesn’t want some kind of mystical powers? (I don’t know that I’d want to jump into people’s dreams though to be honest…) This is great fun and a really interesting idea that is executed brilliantly. I am desperately seeking the second one out now because a few of my kids have loved this!
Out from Boneville – Jeff Smith
“After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures…“
This was a great story of Bone, who is has left home for the first time and is journeying through some really creepy landscapes with some scary creatures after him! This has got endearing characters and definitely made me laugh a few times! Wasn’t totally my jam, but I enjoyed it… and my kids are really enjoying it (so much so they’ve asked me if there’s more!) Bizarre and quirky – a perfect description!
And that’s it for this week’s round up of graphic novels I’ve read recently. If you have ANY recommendations, please chuck them at me!
Have you read any of these?
Have you got any recommendations for kids graphic novels?
Are you a graphic novel reader?
Talk to me in the comments! I’d love to talk about these and other graphic novels!