Title: Malice in Ovenland
Author: Micheline Hess
Publisher: Rosarium Publishing
Publication Date: August 31t ,, 2016
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fairy tale spin off
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Links: GoodReads . Amazon
Lily Brown is a bright, curious, energetic young girl from Queens, New York. When her mom forces her to stay home for the summer and do chores, Lily fumes. Little did she know that the greasy oven in the kitchen was going to give her more excitement and adventure than she could possibly handle.
I received an e-ARC of Malice in Overland from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange with an honest review.
This was a fun,interesting, and gross fast read.
As you can see from the title, this is a spin-off of Alice in wonderland. We follow Lily as she falls down her mother's OVEN, and discover that creature have been living there all along. It all looks like Trouble ! Trouble ! Trouble !
This comic captured my attention right from the start; I am pretty sure that kids would enjoy reading this either alone, or with their parents.
The comic is based on foreshadowing some of what we have learned in elementary school like evolution and things like that. It also perfectly highlights the fear of trying something new .
The author is a person of color, and so is the main character. How often do we see POC on the cover of books & comics??? This is definitely an #OWNVOICE book !
The fact that the author is also the artist blew my mind. It is hard for me to find a comic with nice and clear illustrations, but I loved the ones in this
The only thing that I didn't like was something that happened just before the climax was resolved. I wasn't able to notice how Lily discovered the "SECRET ".
I give it 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Born and raised in NYC, Micheline Hess works as a designer at a prominent ad agency and spends her spare time developing graphic novels, short stories, and interactive iBooks for kids. She has always been interested by the portrayal of black people in visual narrative like comics and movies and is constantly endeavoring to weave her own sense of humorous story-telling into both her personal and sometimes professional work.
Micheline is most adept at creating characters and stories that provide a safe and fun way to inspire young children, especially girls. Through colorful flights of fun and fancy, she hopes to encourage a stronger sense of self-love, friendship, and a hunger to embrace all things new and different in the world around them.
Title: Maddy Kettle ( The Adventure of the ThimbleWitch )
Author: Eric Orchard
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Publication Date: September 3oth 2014
Genre: Children's Fiction,Graphic Novel,Fantasy
My Rating: 4/5 ( B+)
Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats!
Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They'll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy's courage, compassion, and creativity.
Full of surprises and stunning artwork, Maddy Kettle is a truly magical debut for Spectrum-Award-winning cartoonist Eric Orchard. Climb aboard and let your imagination soar.
I received an eARC of this Graphic Novel from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest Review.
This Graphic Novel is going to take you on a journey of awesomeness with its fascinating fictional characters and creative settings.
The illustrations are beyond beautiful and this was really useful in graphic novels because sometimes looking at the picture alone gives lots of extra information that wasn't told .
The plot grabs the readers attention and takes him/her on an exquisite journey filled with magic and friendship.
There were few moments were I got a feeling that something was missing in form of text. But it could only be nothing. It might just be that the character was so Naive during that scene.
I really enjoyed the first book from the Maddy Kettle series , and i would absolutely read the next installations. This is a brilliant read for children. I highly recommend it.
I gave this book 4/5 stars and a B+ according to my own rating scale.
Author: David Lapham Tt h
Title: Murder Me Dead
Publication Date: January 30th, 2002
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comics, Mystery
My Rating: 2/5 stars ( D+)
Hanging from the ceiling fan in their lavish Hollywood home. That's where Steven Russell finds his estranged wife, a tear-stained note in her pocket pouring out years of pain and regret. Is it suicide?
This comic is influenced by the old times and the old movies. It focuses
on human traits such as being naive, curious, abusive, abused, in love,
selfish,and much more.
In my opinion, the author has failed to show these characteristic in a proper way.Most of the reactions to certain events were unrealistic.Even the most naive person would wake up after being showered with lies for like a zillion times.
I did not like the characters. They seemed to show how second chances should be a really REALLY fresh start. You can't go from not caring to absolutely loving in one day and continue to be that through out the long run. Change is supposed to come over time accompanied with a some screw ups!
And then the mystery of a murder that no one seems to actually investigate. One group thinks that only one person did it, the others think that it was a suicide. I did not see any investigations happening or suspects being questioned . Is not this supposed to be a murder mystery.
Then comes the big ending; I honestly have no idea what that was supposed to mean.I did not understand what the ending was supposed to explain. If someone did, please help me understand the ending.
Now, speaking of the illustration, I think it was good. I like the drawings
and scene building. However, there were sometimes conversations that were not very clear. I am not sure if it was done on purpose or just a mistake.
I gave this book 2/5 stars and a D + according to my rating scale.