Proimos, J. III, & Proimos, J. Jr. (illustrator). (2015). Apocalypse Bow Wow. New York: Bloomsbury.
One day, dogs Brownie and Apollo wake up to find that all of the humans have disappeared, leaving the animals behind. The pair must team up with other dogs to figure out where the humans have gone.
This humorous comic book looks into the minds of dogs in a realistic manner that anyone who has loved a dog will appreciate. Although it is over 200 pages, the plot moves quickly and the frames are large enough to make reading easy. Before they know it, readers will have flown through the story and will be salivating for the sequel Apocalypse Meow Meow.
I see this book being quite popular with young readers, especially those aged 6-10. It combines animals and humour into the popular comic book format, and with few words it is simple to read. Overall, because it was a cute read, I give this book a 4 out of 5.
Stilton, G., Foschini, M., Favia, L., et. al. (2014). All for Stilton, Stilton for All! Milan, Italy: Papercutz.
In this graphic novel, Geromino Stilton and his crew of friends are sent back in time to 17th century France to hunt down the infamous Pirate Cats. Much to his surprise, though, Geromino finds himself helping the Pirate Cats to make sure that history runs its proper course.
This story is a play on the classic The Three Musketeers. All the appropriate characters are present: King Louis XIII, musketeers, the Cardinal of Richelieu. There’s even a reference to the Man in the Iron Mask. Sidebar notes provide historical context to young readers, making this both a fun and educational read.
Anyone who has spent time with young readers, especially those in the kindergarten to grade 2 range, will know that Geromino Stilton is one of their favourites, and I definitely understand the appeal. The characters are likeable, and the adventures are worldly and entertaining, while also being educational in a fun way.
I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 for its amusing take on a classic tale.
Cliff, T. (2013). Delilah Dirk and the Turkish lieutenant. New York, NY: First Second.
The Turkish lieutenant, named Erdemoglu Selim, embarks on a life changing adventure the moment he meets Delilah Dirk as together they travel and risk their lives.
As the first graphic novel I’ve ever read, I did not know what to expect, and so, I was pleasantly surprised. The clichéd saying “short and sweet” applies to Cliff’s graphic novel which is a quick, yet enjoyable and engaging read. The story wastes no time in starting and the images are beautifully created, so readers are hooked from the beginning.
Delilah, the strong female lead, would likely appeal to female readers, while the adventure of the story would appeal to anyone.
The only limitation worth noting is that this graphic novel is not very substantial. It is likely because the story is so short. Luckily, there are some scenes where the Turkish lieutenant is introspective, which helps to create interesting themes to analyze in the text.
Overall, this graphic novel was an interesting read. I do not regret reading it, I would recommend it to others, but I may not go through the trouble of reading it again. For that, I give it a 4 out of 5.