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review 2018-07-07 03:47
On a roll but not the good kind
Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts) - Doug TenNapel

Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks by Doug TenNapel is another summer reading selection for middle grade readers. This is the first in a series of graphic novels which follow the adventures of Herc, a Nnewt, who is on both a literal and figurative journey of self-discovery. From the beginning, the reader is launched into this fictional world of creatures called Nnewts and their enemies the Lizzarks. There was a sense that one should already be familiar with characters and backstory. The narrative seemed to be all over the place which compounded the issue. I feel like the author was trying to put a spin on the classic 'underdog who surprises everyone to come out on top' but it was all a bit rushed in my opinion. Also, if this is a series I see no reason why the pacing had to be so hurried.  I went into this one with fairly high hopes as the first couple of pages seemed quite interesting but this is one of those books that just didn't work for me. However, I'm betting it will appeal to a younger audience. (It is after all not marketed for me so this makes perfect sense.) It will probably come as no surprise to any of you that I have no plans to continue this series but I have recommended it to some of my younger readers who like a lot of blood, guts, and gore. No complaints thus far. :-) The best thing I can say about this particular book is that the color illustrations were very imaginative but the rest of it left quite a bit to desire. 2/10


Spoiler: Straight out of the gate most of the characters are killed off and I feel like this was a lazy way to move the hero's journey ahead. Also, because it happened so early on there was really no emotional attachment or buildup so it served very little purpose (at least from a reader's perspective).

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An example from the first couple of pages. [Source: Scholastic Canada]



What's Up Next: Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry


What I'm Currently Reading: Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-12 16:52
Best Graphic Novel
Cardboard - Doug TenNapel

     This book started off with it being Cam's birthday. His father Mike is the only one providing for the family since Cam's mom died, so the only thing he can afford for a present is a cardboard box.This box seemed to Mike as the worst gift a father could give his child but little did he know it would change their life. That night they made and paint a boxer out of the cardboard, then in the middle of the night it came to life! The boxer who they named Bill was a wonderful friend and supporter with him Cam was being bullied by the evil Marcus who stole his cardboard maker to make evil creatures(but is rich). Long story short Marcus, Cam, Lyle and Bill got stuck in a cardboard world made by the evil cardboard Marcus. Fortunately, it was raining outside and the rain destroyed all the villains (but also sadly including Bill). The ending was the best part, Lyle and the neighbor Tina were on their journey of love and Bill came back to life but in human form.


     This was definitely a book a lot of people could relate to. I could relate to this book only because if my cardboard friend was squirted with water and was disintegrating I would make a maker to get unlimited cardboard. This text relates to the text because all of Doug TenNapel's graphic novels are nice to read and understand. This text relates to the world because there are some people who are rich but still take because they realize the non-materialistic like love and friendship are nicer to have.

     I would recommend this book to anyone who knows how to read and see because this is a great book and not too long plus the pictures are great and descriptive. I think anyone with a good imagination would like this book. 


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review 2016-02-12 03:35
Earthboy Jacobus
Earthboy Jacobus Graphic Novel - Doug TenNapel

My second YA graphic novel review of the day. I have been hit by my second horrible bout of sinusitis this winter, and am having a horrible time concentrating on much of anything—fiction, nonfiction, my crochet project, baking, TV, anything. But these two graphic novels were readable. I may dig into a YA novel tomorrow, if I still feel awful. I don't even think I'm contagious!




This is the last TenNapel book from the huge haul my 7th grader got from the library a few weeks ago. I am not the target demographic for these books, so I always struggle with rating them.

I actually liked this one more than most of the others. The story was not as jumpy, and was actually TOLD within the comic (rather than leaving the reader trying to figure out what is going on).

However, as usual, I think this one is just soooo far fetched. Yes, it's clever, but it's too clever. Terra whales. Ectoids. Weird hands. A parallel universe. A dog in a exoskin. But this story is at least straightforward.

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review 2016-02-11 22:03
Nnewts: Escape from the Lizzarks
Escape from the Lizzarks (Nnewts) - Doug TenNapel

My 7th grader really enjoys TenNapel's books, and he wants me to read them all too. Fortunately for me, they don't take too long.

The artwork in this book is good, as usual. And, as usual, I struggle to follow the story, because everything happens so quickly and the story seems to jump along. I am left wondering—did I miss a reference earlier? Or is this an entire new plot point? Wait—who? Huh? Wait—they died? They worship who?

So, interesting, but honestly I would just rather read a text novel than one of these speedy graphic novels.

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review 2015-12-26 05:00
Creature Tech
Creature Tech GN - Doug TenNapel

Giant space eels. A mummified alien. A symbiote. The shroud of Turin. A secret (?) government facility. All in Turlock.

I found the symbiote to actually be a really clever and interesting idea. Because why not? Maybe it has been done before, I really am not a fan of hard sci fi.

The 7th grader deems this his favorite TenNapel book. And he is the target audience, so who am I to argue?

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