Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Boyfriend is a Monster - Graphic Novel series from Lerner

NOTE: I am working on bringing some of the old posts over from our former web site, Three Turtles and their Pet Librarian - particularly the book reviews and library events. So, no, you aren't going crazy, you really did read this already:)
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang: Book Cover
by Evanne Tsang and Janina Gorrisen
Graphic Universe (Lerner Publishing)
978- 0-7613-6004-9

Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie: Book Cover
by Paul Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Graphic Universe (Lerner Publishing)
You may have noticed that we don't review many graphic novels. As in, we never review graphic novels. There's a reason for that: we don't generally read graphic novels. But who can resist a title like My Boyfriend is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces, featuring a story line with a zombie apocalypse? And lines like: "There's a difference between a zombie and a high school boy? Well, when you get a zombie's attention, you know that it'll stick with you, at least until it can eat your brains. Regular guys are more fickle."

Definitely one for guys or girls, nerds or jocks (or turtles). It's campy, of course, and moves too quickly to flesh out the plotline much, but - it's a graphic novel! The dialogue and the artwork are the key elements of a book like this, and both work very well in this case. We will be handing this to the first reluctant reader we spot. We would also love to see Tsang try his hand at some non-graphic YA fiction.

The second in the series, Made for Each Other, follows a Frankenstein theme. Not quite as funny as the first, it still has enough of the same characteristics to hold a reader's attention - although it does seem a little more girl-oriented. At any rate, the entire series has promise of being a big hit among middle and high schoolers. We give both books a

4 out of 5.

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