Category Archives: children’s

The Little Mermaid by Metaphrog

The Little Mermaid, by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, has always been one of my favorite stories. Not the Disney version, which had its own charm to be sure, but the original and much sadder fairytale of love, loss, and … Continue reading

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The Backstagers Act 1 by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

The Backstages is a difficult one for me to review; this is a short first introductory issue that pretty much sets up the premise of the series (magical realism, friendships, bonding, lots of drama) that may or may not get … Continue reading

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Mer by Joelle Sellner

In trying to sum up Mer, I couldn’t help but think that this is the mermaid verison of Twilight – but dumbed down even further for graphic novel format. The plot is silly, the characters unrealistic, the romance forced, the … Continue reading

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Awake Escape From Gremon By Beneville, Hess, Lang

Awake has many of the superior storytelling aspects that I greatly enjoyed in Avatar: The Last Airbender series: interesting worldbuilding, excellent and distinct illustrations, and a charming set of characters. While it doesn’t reach the highs and lows of nuanced … Continue reading

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Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White is a lovely retelling of the classic fairy tale, this time placing the setting in 1920s New York City. Phelan cleverly updates several aspects of the tale while still keeping the sweetness of the inspiration material intact. Nearly … Continue reading

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Ferals 2: The Swarm Descends by Jacob Grey

With The Swarm Descends, author Grey revisits many of the themes of the first book – from meeting a new girl to dealing with two scheming evil minions and a new ‘big bad’ feral. And although the character of Caw … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part 1 continues from the events in the the previous series, The Search, in which Zuko finds his mother. This first book sets the foundation of unrest in the Fire Kingdom and new … Continue reading

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