Mini-review: Glitter Kiss (Adrianne Ambrose)

The Deets:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 160
Publisher: December 19th 2012 by Oni Press
ISBN: 9781620100820
Source: netgalley


Glitter Kiss

One kiss from Tinka's sparkling lips leads to some unexpected consequences for the callous boys of Portage High School. After a secret romance goes up in flames, she looks to a fortune teller for answers on finding true love, which leads to the summoning of some accidental--but hilarious-magic.
But in the end, Tinka has to learn to take responsibility for her own decisions, with or without the aid of magic.


This graphic novel was great! I really enjoyed it. The illustrations were great and the plot was actually good.

 What made the plot so great, you ask? The fact there was actually one! I am so tired of graphic novels that hardly have a plot. This one was fairly fleshed out (for a graphic novel). There were plot twists and an actual message. Rock on. It did end a little abruptly without offering much of a resolution for some of the characters, but it's ok. It was still enjoyable. There are some references to mature content, so it's meant for older readers.

I also enjoyed the characters themselves. You had an odd mix, but the majority of the story line centers around Tinka and her interactions with the men in her life. You can imagine how that goes with the majority of the setting taking place in high school. Typical teen age problems. There was a good amount of witty humor hidden on these pages.The one liners were hilarious and actually had me chuckling to myself. Very fitting for a bunch of high schoolers.

What would a graphic novel be without good illustrations? Well, for starters, it would be crappy. I'm glad Glitter Kiss doesn't fall into that category. The illustrations were top notch. I would love to see some of the pictures turn into color. Considering this was soley in black and white, I was impressed with the level of detail I was able to discern from the images. A+ in that department!
 


mini-review: Shadows on My Wall (Timothy Young)

The Deets:
reading level: picture book
pages: 40
Publisher:
ISBN:
Source: eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review



Shadows on My WallHow many of us remember seeing shadows on the wall when we were younger and being scared of what they could belong to? Well, that very idea is addressed in Timothy Young's picture book Shadows on My Wall.

I know as a child with an over active imagination (um, that child turned into an adult with the same problem), I would always imagine scary scenes in the dead of night. I was convinced on numerous occassions that a blood-thirsty bobcat had entered my room to eat me. Obviously that ended up being wrong, but it was still frightening as a kid! I really liked how the idea of the unknown is addressed in a kid-friendly way. The little boy in the book has the same fears that so many of us have had as wee ones and learns to change his perception.

Instead of being scared by what might be behind that shadow, he learns to take control. He scares away an angry robot and makes friends with a dangerous dragon. The little boy's lesson is a great one to share with small children that face the fear of sleeping alone.


Mini-Review: They're Coming (Thomas Young)

The Deets:
Reading Level: For the youngins (picture book)
Pages: 32
Publisher: August 1st 2012 by Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 9780764342257
Sournce: eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


They're Coming!
They're Coming! is a humorously creepy picture book from author/illustrator Timothy Young. It shows monsters and ghouls and various creatures from all over. Why are they coming? You'll have to read the book to find out.








I enjoy reading picture books from time to time. They are quick and fun. Plus, I love seeing my youngest son's reaction to them since this is right in pace with his age. We read Timothy Young's They're Coming together some time ago, but I'm just now getting around to writing the review. (I know, bad mommy!)

We enjoyed it. Now, as the older reader, I knew what to expect. I was certain there was a twist ending, and I was not disappointed. For a barely five-year-old though-- the intended suspense was not missed. We enjoyed flipping the pages to see who else would be coming and for what. The ended managed to wrangle a smile from my son and a semi-snort. He liked the idea of a "monster mash." (His words!)

I was particularly impressed with the illustrations. While the story was basic and didn't carry much of a plot, the pictures were great. The moon looked so realistic! I think the illustrations deserve more merit than the story in this one. The creatures are spooky without being too frightening. (I loved the Swamp Creature!) They are also familiar enough to be recognized by the youngest of readers, which is fun.

I wish I had posted the review before Halloween because this would have been a fun read for the occassion. But alas, roads are paved with my good intentions. All the same, remember this one if you have young readers at home (under 4) next October. It will be a nice pseudo-spooky Halloween story to share.

 


Cover Appeal: Camping

Cover Appeal is back! Since it's the middle of "fall" where I live (which really means a later summer), I thought fall themed book covers would be appropriate. We love camping here, so camping is my inspiration!

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camping dream
 
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