|AUTHOR: Doug TenNapel|
PUBLICATION DATE: August 1, 2011
SOURCE: my library
GENRE: survival, mystery, graphic novel
SETTING: deserted island; present day
GIVE IT TO: MS
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