Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I picked up this graphic novel when I found it on the shelves at my library. The cover was intriguing, and when I flipped through the pages, I found the artwork was so attractive that I had to bring it home to read. The story is, disappointingly, not as compelling as the illustrations, but it is silly and fun. Set in Victorian times, it tells the story of Lillian, the daughter of a prominent Egyptologist, who is in love with a mummified ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
There's a little be of everything here - romance, comedy, action, adventure, and drama. The characters are not very well developed, and the plot doesn't actually make a whole lot of sense when you stop to think about it, but the story is still fun and engaging, and the artwork is delightful.
The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert (First Second, 1997)