Friday, January 2, 2009
Jack and the box by Art Spiegelman
I don't know who first said it, although I'm sure I read it on a blog somewhere, but "surreal" is definitely the word for this book.
Jack gets a toy. It is a very silly toy. It is a very creepy toy. It has scary eyes. It has a big red nose. It has teeth that stick out. It jumps at you.
We went back and forth on putting this in juvenile graphic novels? Because it's a comic with panels. Or in easy readers? Because the reading level is definitely easy. We finally put it in easy readers because it felt like it fit more with Elephant and Piggie than Babymouse. Thus are momentous decisions made.
Verdict: Toon Books are a great idea, but I'm a little doubtful about the appeal of this particularly title.
ISBN: 978-0979923838; Published October 2008 by Toon Books; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library