Okay I’ve been on a reading spree, and have neglected writing about a single thing I’ve read, so here’s my massive end of holiday reading recap:
Blacksad & The Isle of 100,000 Graves
Isles of 100,000 Graves is beyond anything that I have ever read. It is soooo strange, but in a good way. I liked it. A girl goes looking for her missing father and stumbles upon a school for hangmen, hence the 100,000 graves. The hangmen candidates put treasure maps that lead to the island in bottles and throw them in the ocean, which lures all kinds of ships to the island, so the hangmen students can practice their torturing and killing techniques. That’s where our heroine tracks down her father. Simple drawings, good story.
Blacksad has wonderful drawings. Blacksad is a cat P.I., but he’s not really a cat, he’s a human, but looks like a cat. Everyone else is also a type of animal. Like, the police are dogs, and there’s a bad guy frog, but they’re not frogs and dogs; they’re humans, essentially. It’s a great read, very reminiscent of the old hardboiled noir type mystery novels, i.e. Raymond Chandler. Just imagine Philip Marlowe as a cat…
Baba Yaga’s Assistant
By: Marika McCoola
Illustrated By: Emily Carroll
Baba Yaga is a witch from Russian fairytales. No one is really sure if she’s a good witch, or bad.. well, maybe people know, but I don’t know! Her role in fairytales is rather ambiguous, but in this graphic novel ‘ole Baba Yaga came off rather well. For a lot of people, Baba Yaga may be unknown. So here’s a picture:
and here’s a description: old, ugly, really long nose, rides around in a mortar with pestle, her house has chicken legs, and she eats children. In this story Masha’s mother and grandmother have died. Now she is left with only her father and new stepmother and stepsister. She feels misunderstood by her father, and her stepsister is awful and angry, so Masha runs away to find Baba Yaga and become her assistant. Baba Yaga is not an easy witch though, and makes Masha perform a series of tasks to prove she’s worthy. It’s a really solid YA graphic novel.
Sisters and Drama
By: Raina Telgemeier
I’m late to the game on this author. I’ve had her books on my to- read shelf for a while, but I’m not big on the whole YA genre, so I wasn’t in a big hurry to read them. Thank God there was little to no romance. Why, oh why, do people, and when I say people I really mean adults, enjoy YA romance? Anyway, Drama was all about theater design, art and identity, and Sisters was a refreshingly simple memoir about growing up with a sibling you don’t really get along with. I loved both novels, and read them in one sitting.
by: M.G. Leonard
I challenge you to read this novel and not want one of these when you’re done:
I loved this book! It’s a middle grade reader, so the kids are 10 or 11-ish, which I love because they’re not old enough for the much loathed YA romance. The story moves fast, and you’ll learn a whole bunch of crazy things about beetles and how totally cool they are! Plus, this is the first book in a trilogy, which is really exciting! Oh yeah, and it’s a mystery with a Cruella Deville type villain (only, she wants beetles, not Dalmatians), can it get much more awesome than that?
Here’s some more beetles to get you in the mood:
That’s it for now, ciao.