Monday, May 20, 2013
This fun graphic novel is about a boy named Rufus who goes to stay with his grandmother, who lives near a vast forest. He's a city boy, and he finds the woods fascinating - even though he doesn't know much about the outdoors - as Penny, a girl his age who lives next door to his grandmother, doesn't hesitate to point out. Penny is rather prickly - her big sister mentions to Rufus that Penny's spirit guide is a skunk - if you get too close too soon, look out! But skunks also need friends, so Rufus gives it a go.
When he's in the woods he discovers a necklace with a wooden figurine on it, and when he reads aloud the words that are carved into it, he turns into - Bigfoot! And so the adventures begin...
This one should have huge kid appeal, and I expect it won't spend much time sitting on the shelf at my library. It's straightforward and fairly simple, with engaging illustrations and the delightful humor I've come to expect from Torres and Hicks. This first volume appears to introduce the main characters and set up the background and the conflicts that will be explored in future installments. It's fun, silly and exciting, a definite must-read for young (and older!) graphic novel fans.
Into the Woods (#1 in the Bigfoot Boy series) by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (Kids Can Press, 2012)
Also by J. Torres:
Also by Faith Erin Hicks:
Friends with Boys
The War at Ellsmere