Mini reviews: more graphic novel goodness!

Good morning everyone!

I am here with some more graphic novels that I’ve read recently. My kids are still totally loving graphic novels, and I’m more than happy to get some more, read some more and share with them… because then we all win ha!

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The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist – Amy Kim Kibuishi

Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father’s death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip. He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby learns more about this strange world, she discovers that she is destined for something far greater than she ever could have imagined. 

I was so very lucky to be sent this by the people of Scholastic, and let me tell you, I absolutely loved this!! This is written by Kazu Kibuishi’s wife and honestly, this sang to me exactly like Amulet did. I think this is gonna be a mega hit in classrooms up and down the land! This is absolutely jam-packed with mysterious worlds, a ghost lady and a stranger with blue hair! Just amazing – the story is so brilliant and I was gripped from the word go! This, as I expected, has some incredible artwork inside too that I’d love to just spend hours staring at. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series… whenever it’s out!

The Aquanaut – Dan Santat

Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, the marine theme park her dad and uncle created. But Sophia’s world is turned upside down when an “aquanaut” breaks into the park’s research lab. To her amazement, Sophia discovers that the aquanaut is not what it seems — inside lives a band of four goofy sea creatures! And when they all realize that Aqualand has evolved into something much darker than Sophia’s dad had envisioned, Sophia is determined to help the aquanaut crew free the park’s captive marine life before it’s too late.

Another one from the amazing Scholastic (they seem to be KILLING IT with the graphic novels at the minute!) that I was so so excited to receive! Aquanaut is a touching and charming story of a girl, the dad she lost, the uncle she loves and a strange collection of sea creatures looking for a haven on earth. This is so full of charm and personality. The illustrations and use of colour make me so happy – there’s loads of spreads I mulled over! I love everything Dan Santat does, and hope there’s another one of these to come because there’s so much about this story that I want to see again! My kids are going mad for this one!

Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her…to Earth! They hope a whole week in the mundane world will teach her that magic is a privilege…and maybe washing dishes by hand will help her realize the palace servants should be respected. Three years later, Amy has settled into middle school and ordinary life. She doesn’t remember any other home. So when a prince of the realm brings her home and restores her magical destiny, how will she cope?

This ahs gone between my shelf and my girlfriend’s shelf for a few weeks now… and I decided it was finally time for me to take advantage of the Easter holidays and get on with reading it! I was so glad that I did because it was a lot of fun! This is a brilliant story full of gem power, living on Earth and a super massive villain terrorising Gemworld. Can Amethyst and her friend help? Can she remember who she is? Enjoyed this – think my kids will enjoy this too!

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And that’s it for today! I’ve had a productive graphic novel reading year so far, so I’m sure I’ll be back with some more graphic novel mini reviews in the next week or so!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you have any recommendations for graphic novels for me to buy that would work for my Y6s, I’d love to hear them!

S x

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