Friday, March 4, 2016

Review: Bad Island (TenNapel)

AUTHOR: Doug TenNapel
SERIES: none
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2011
ISBN: 9780545314794
PAGES: 224
SOURCE: my library
GENRE: survival, mystery, graphic novel
SETTING: deserted island; present day
SUMMARY: Alternates between ancient alien war and modern day family stranded on a deserted island. When their boat is caught in a violent storm at sea, a family of four wait for rescue on a mysterious island, where they quickly realize they are not alone.

REVIEW: Oh, the talent! Bad Island is 2016 Graphic Novel Challenge, book #9. A student recommended this book to me, and I was very happy to read another book by the talented Doug TenNapel. I read my first Doug TenNapel graphic novel, Cardboard, a couple of weeks ago, and it is among my favorites in the Graphic Novel Challenge so far.

And Bad Island did not disappoint. Once again, I love how TenNapel illustrates facial expressions. The characters are not just cardboard cut-outs (forgive the pun); this family of four feels like real people that I might know in real life. I love the Dad especially, who feels like things will always be fine as long as his family is together and safe. He's absolutely right--nothing matters as long as the ones you love are safe and happy.

There is a parallel story of an alien war that doesn't make sense for a little while. I was confused by this for a bit, but it all comes together nicely in the end.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Another hit from TenNapel. Very easy to booktalk!

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We have it. TenNapel is popular and makes a great choice for reluctant readers, ESL students, or anyone wanting to try reading their first graphic novel.

READALIKES: Cardboard (TenNapel); Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel (Riggs/Jean)  

  • Overall: 5/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
  • Language: none
  • Sexuality: none
  • Violence: mild; fighting; a skeleton; some monsters
  • Drugs/Alcohol: none

1 comment:

  1. The first graphic novel I have read by this author and I loved it, except for all those nonsensical grunts and groans coming from the characters! I especially enjoyed the way the story was a bit confusing at first and then began to get clearer and ended up making complete sense. That's something I always try to impress on kids, that they need to keep going with a book even if they don't understand it at first. I think it helps build their inferential understanding skills. Enjoy your blog and reviews.


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