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review 2018-12-05 23:41
Like sand through the hourglass
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Alexis & Mark Siegel with illustrations by Boya Sun & Matt Rockefeller is the first book in a fantasy series set in a place where magic plays a distinct and politically polarizing role. In this universe, all 5 worlds in the system (different types of beings live on the different worlds) are kept in careful balance with one another until they suddenly start to die for unknown reasons. There are some that believe their only hope of survival is to light all 5 beacons (one in each world) but the Toki peoples are adamantly set against this course. Our heroine, Oona Lee, is a less than stellar student of the Sand Dancer Academy (inexpertly wielding magic sand) and suddenly she finds herself swept up in a seemingly foolhardy attempt to save the universe before time runs out. There's intrigue, danger, and a health dose of racial tension just to stir the pot. I've recommended this to quite a few kids and all of them have enjoyed it because all of those heavy topics are real and kids can spot a fake from a mile away. Additionally, I thought the art style of this book was really unique and beautiful which made it even more astounding when I discovered that the book was a collaborative effort between people living in different parts of the world. Talk about life not imitating art! 10/10 and you can look forward to my review of the second book in the series in a few days. XD

 

SO. GORGEOUS. [Check out the source for larger images: 5 Worlds Team]

 

What's Up Next: Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-05-24 00:59
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Mark Siegel,Alexis Siegel,Xanthe Bouma,Matt Rockefeller,Boya Sun

Since you are all well aware of my obsession with Middle Grade fiction at this point, let's go ahead and skip that. Can we instead please focus on the growing existence of Middle Grade graphic novels? I am so pleased that there are more and more of these out there, and I'm determined to champion all of them! Kazu Kibuishi's blurb had me from the moment I saw this book. So I was thrilled when I was asked to join the blog tour. Warning: there's some gushing ahead. Let's go ahead and get the small qualms that I had out of the way first, though.

 

I think this graphic novel could definitely have benefited from a bit more action. It was heartening to see that the authors weren't afraid to bring the real idea of war alive on these pages. I love when MG readers aren't treated with kid gloves. However I think this book needed to move at a bit quicker of a pace. The illustrations are gorgeous, (I can't wait to actually see them all in color.) but some of the filler panels felt like a bit much. I wanted more of Oona's quest, more of their desperate rush to save the day, and just more tension in general. This first volume was missing that epic feeling that stories like this usually have for me.

 

That being said, the characters were absolutely lovely. Oona, An Tzu and Jax were all vivid, and easy to fall in love with. I loved how each of them came from a different background. The concept of race is alive and well in this book, and the idea of racism is gently touched upon as well. It makes me happy to see authors putting these things out into the world for readers of this age group to start to digest. Oona overhears people of different worlds talking badly about people of other worlds, and making mean jokes. She sees some people get upset about what others are saying. Young readers can start to get a grasp here on unity, diversity, and especially empathy. It's an amazing thing.

 

Add in the fact that the ending of this book has a twist I wasn't expecting, complete with a cliffhanger, and you have my complete attention. Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel have started something beautiful and magical with the 5 Worlds series. They've opened up a dialog that I think is important, in a way that is easy to digest and a lot of fun to read! Readers, young and old alike, will love this series. My only regret is that there isn't more of Oona's story to devour yet. I NEED to know what happens next.

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text 2016-08-24 21:34
General comics suggestions
Star Trek: Ongoing, Vol. 1 - Mike Johnson,Steve Molnar,Tim Bradstreet
The MAXX: Maxximized Volume 1 - Sam Kieth,William Messner-Loeb
Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown - Kate Leth,Drew Rausch
Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting the World on Fire - Duane Swierczynski
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Brooke Allen,Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
The Rabbi's Cat - Joann Sfar,Alexis Siegel,Anjali Singh
Spawn Origins, Volume 1 - Todd McFarlane
Buffy Season Eight Volume 1: The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8) - Joss Whedon,Georges Jeanty,Georges Jeanty,Andy Owens,Jo Chen
Atomic Robo Volume 1: Atomic Robo & the Fightin Scientists of Tesladyne TP (v. 1) - Brian Clevinger

1. Star Trek ongoing.   Retcon of the original universe, and even original stories.  I'd suggest this for fans of the Nu!Trek movies, for the Retcon square.   Chekov could count as Teen Sidekick if you want to continue and fill in another square.   Tie-In to Show/Movie and Foreign Hero could count for further squares if you really want to marathon this series. 

 

2. The Maxx.   Dark and gritty, this tackles a lot of issues - mental health, trauma and homelessness.   It packs a punch to the gut, but is also gorgeously written with lush illustrations.   Writer is Artist, Antihero, Streetlevel, and Not Of This World would fit this series nicely.   

 

3. Edward Scissorhands: Parts Unknown.   Adorable and heartwarming, this is a brilliant tie-in to the movie.   Tie-into movie, Girl Power, Team Up and Teen Sidekick would all fit nicely for this graphic novel.

 

4. Bloodshot: Setting the World on Fire.   Amnesiac, nanite enhanced assassin.   I'm all in for this one!   Bloodshot is a complete badass, and he's a large part of why I fell in love with the Valiant universe.  Anti-hero, Novelist Writes Comics, Military Training and Loner all fit Bloodshot quite nicely. 

 

5. Lumberjanes Volume One.  Adorable girls at camp go on adventures and get into trouble.   Sounds too cutesy for me, but I was utterly charmed by this anyway.   Go figure!   Teen Sidekick, Team Up and Girl Power fit this nicely.   

 

6. Saga Volume One.   Space Opera about how war can tear apart families.   Oversimplified explanation, but anything that does justice to this would be pages long.   Brilliant!   Not of This World and Military Training would work well for this. 

 

7. The Rabbi's Cat.  Charming, thoughtful take on religion, politics, and most everything thrown in here.   And there's a talking cat who argues that he should have a bar mitzvah which is pretty much the most awesome thing I can think of.   Translated, Foreign Creator,  Turned into TV Show/Movie, and Writer is Artist work for this series. 

 

8. Spawn Origins Volume one.  A man comes back from hell as Spawn with no memory of who he is.  Although he was sent the Violator to... I wanna say help him, but his name is Violator so who's really going to believe that?   Origin Story, Foreign Creator, Loner, Military Training, Antihero, and Turned into TV Show/Movie work for this. 

 

9. Buffy Season Eight: The Long Way Home.   Buffy is resurrected and written by the writers of the show, with illustrators handpicked by Joss Whedon - from what I understand.   If you can't get enough Buffy, you need to read this.  You can keep this going for a while, to.   Not of This World, Tie-In to TV Show/Movie, Teen Sidekick, Girl Power, Team Effort and Military Training all can work.  

 

10. Atomic Robo Volume One.   Hilarious comic book.   Just fun, funny, with a lot of heart.  I could see this turning non-graphic novel readers into graphic novel readers, that's the level of fun.  Team Effort, Origin Story, and Not of This World could all be used for this series. 

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review 2012-04-18 00:00
Klezmer, Book One: Tales of the Wild East
Klezmer, Book One: Tales of the Wild East - Joann Sfar,Alexis Siegel Fantastic! The art is reminiscent of Quentin Blake and the story is dark and funny and illuminated.
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review 2007-03-30 00:00
The Rabbi's Cat
The Rabbi's Cat - Joann Sfar,Alexis Siegel,Anjali Singh Truly delightful!
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