Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things, Volume 1

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Overview

Presenting the initial Courtney Crumrin miniseries in a new digest-sized format. Courtney's parents have dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She's not only the new kid in school, but she also discovers strange things lurking under her bed.

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Naifeh (Gloomcookie) has written a masterpiece of middle school angst drawing on the work of Edward Gorey. Courtney moves with her family from the city to a ritzy suburb to take care of her ailing great uncle. Aspiring to wealth and status but maxed out on their credit cards, her parents jump at the opportunity to rub shoulders with the elite. Although they adapt, Courtney has trouble. Sharing the same last name as her eccentric and notorious uncle stigmatizes her as an untouchable to her classmates, who make fun of her clothes and remark, "I heard she came from the ghetto." Without friends or support from her parents and haunted by the Night Things at the foot of her bed, Courtney seeks out her uncle's library, a trove of books on magic. Ghouls and goblins flow from Naifeh's pen; his long shadows and bold, jagged drawings depict a frightening, unwelcoming world readers big and small can relate to. Courtney's cute, round face, lack of a nose, sour demeanor ("I'm rude, bad-tempered, and basically, I don't like people") and unwillingness to play the popularity game make her a charming character that kids and savvy parents can snarl together with. Naifeh's deft observation that run-of-the-mill challenges can rock children's' worlds, should garner him a huge readership. Courtney should land the Harry Potter audience, because like Potter, she's sensitive to the same obstacles of alienation and acceptance. But as Naifeh points out, of all the things that go bump in the night, it's the everyday struggles that make our spines tingle in broad daylight. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929998609
  • Publisher: Oni Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2003
  • Series: Courtney Crumrin Series , #1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

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    I hadn’t read any of the Courtney Crumrin stories previous

    I hadn’t read any of the Courtney Crumrin stories previously, but when I saw this new edition I jumped at the chance. Courtney’s parents are so awesome – in that oh-my-god-they-are-clueless-butt-kissing-money-grubbing-idiots kind of way. So basically they are just a lot of fun to watch and read the things that come out of their mouths. However Courtney and her sass steal the show. This new house has its secrets, which are creepy and fantastic to read about, but it’s more than the house that’s got the paranormal aspect working for it. Courtney encounters weirdness in the forest between her new home and school and at another family’s house while she is babysitting. There is more than just one type of paranormal creature in this story, which makes it even more entertaining. The only drawback for me is that I wish there was more character development with Courtney and that more interacting with her Great Uncle Aloysius had taken place.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

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    Entertaining

    Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things was a fast, interesting and entertaining read. This edition in particular contains the four individual issues of the comic and is the first of four volumes.

    The narration is a combination of Courtneys inner thinking processes and a goblin called Butterworth who lives in the woods and feeds on human flesh.

    If you’re into dark, eerie graphic novels you might enjoy this one. The artwork works well with the story giving it a dark and gothic feel.

    I enjoyed it, although I wasn’t blown away by it. I will be definitely reading the rest of the series since I found Courtney’s little adventures entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2011

    Fun To Read!

    In 6th grade this book was everything to me! Still is! I was never bored with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2007

    A reviewer

    The entire series is great! This book is a wonderful starting point for this little girl and the trials she has to face. I eagerly await anymore that are released!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    The best graphic book I've ever read!!!

    Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things is fantastic! I've read it so many times, I'm surpised I haven't gotten bored with it yet. She reminds me so much of ... me! I can't wait til the next one comes out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Cute Little Monster

    This story is cute and spooky at the same time. The monsters in Courtney Crumrin are cute. The mean bully-girl Alicia is cute with curly pigtails. Courtney herself is cute, although she has no nose. The creaky old Victorian houses are cute, if spooky. Even scary-but-secretly-nice Uncle Aloysious is cute because he wears slippers all the time and you can tell they want to be bunny slippers really. The story is a fun little adventure into magic and monsters and mayhem. It's reminiscent of Harry Potter in some ways, but in other ways it's totally different. Courtney and Harry have nothing in common except magic. This book contains the first four issues of the series; the next four issues just came out as comic books, and IMHO they're even better. Even scarier and even cuter.

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