REVIEW: Some facts to know before I review this book:
- I am 40 years old, a child of the 1980s. Pokemon came out in the 1990s, so I don't have a nostalgic background for this series.
- My 11-year old son is obsessed with Pokemon. We have a "Pokemon of the Week" at my house. He wants me to do a Pokemon club at school. He draws Pokemon. He knows all 712 Pokemon and makes up Pokemon-themed games for my 9-year old son (who likes Pokemon, but isn't obsessed).
- My son was so excited that I was reading Pokemon. He kept asking me if I was enjoying it and wanting to talk about it with me. My decision to read future Pokemon books will be based on this fact alone.
I also had to get used to reading backward. Though this is Graphic Novel Challenge book #8 for me, it is my first manga book. Manga is read from back to front and from right to left. I enjoyed trying that format for the first time!
While my first foray into Pokemon left me feeling lost, I think every library (including mine) must have Pokemon books. The Pokemon themselves are pretty cute, and it's packed with plenty of action. I can see why my son would love this.
THE BOTTOM LINE: I do not have enough Pokemon background to judge this series based on this one book. Parents, do you want to bond with your Pokemon-obsessed child? Read or watch it with them.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: On order. I'm expecting to have to defend this purchasing decision though.
READALIKES: Try Legend of Zelda, Naruto, Bleach, and Dragonball Z. All huge hits no matter where I live.
RATING BREAKDOWN: I can't really rate this the way I normally do. I didn't really get it. I'm going to try watching some Netflix Pokemon with my boys to see if that helps.
- Language: none
- Sexuality: none
- Violence: mild-medium--lots of fantasy fighting
- Drugs/Alcohol: none