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Graphic novels and children’s books

Walker Books were kind enough to send me a copy of David Almond‘s The Savage. I love David Almond – he is an absolute genius.

The Savage

The Savage wasn’t a disappointment either. The story tackled a difficult subject in a powerful way, and Dave McKean‘s illustrations are beautiful. My only (slight) criticism was that some of the misspellings felt contrived. But the blend of novel and comic storytelling is really, really interesting.

In case you didn’t already know, a growing number of books are undergoing a graphic novel treatment to attract more boy readers. Examples include SilverFin (from the Young Bond series), Artemis Fowl and Stormbreaker (from the Alex Rider series). For my money this is a trend that’s here to stay – and that’s a good thing (I used to love Tank Girl and manga comics much earlier in life).

I don’t know that much about it all yet, but I’m going to get on top of it. Look out for more soon!

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