This book, part of the "Mighty Mighty Monsters" series, sports a great cover. With faux wear and tear, it recalls the great comic books that used to lie around the house in an age long gone. The end of the book is also impressive: it contains a map of the characters' community, a short biography of one of the monsters, a note about the author, a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a website. The problem, unfortunately, is the story itself. Eight Mighty Monsters—Vlad, Wichita, Frankie, Igor, and others—want to play a game of hide and seek. The first order of business is to make rules such as banning the use of magic. This rule has to be abandoned, however, when the group encounters Kraken, the sea monster, and magic is needed to rescue the heroes. The plot is weak, without much excitement or drama, and the conclusion itself is fairly dull. Although the book tries to trade on the interest created by Harry Potter, the "Twilight" series, and even Pirates of the Caribbean, it doesn't come close to generating that kind of interest. Some of the illustrations don't follow the text, and one of the character's shirts changes color from one page to the next. Graphic books are a great way to get kids, especially boys, reading. Unfortunately, this book, with its exorbitant price, is not likely to inspire or interest many readers except for die-hard "Mighty Mighty Monsters" fans.
Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
As a lifelong comics fan, Sean O'Reilly dreamed of becoming a comic book creator. In 2004, he realized that dream by creating Arcana Studio. In one short year, O'Reilly took his studio from a one-person operation in his basement to an award-winning comic book publisher with more than 150 graphic novels produced for Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, and others.
As a lifelong comics fan, Sean O'Reilly dreamed of becoming a comic book creator. In 2004, he realized that dream by creating Arcana Studio. In once short year, O'Reilly took his studio from a one-person operation in his basement to an award-winning comic book publisher with more than 150 graphic novels produced for Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, and others. Within a year, the company won many awards including the Shuster Award for Outstanding Publisher and the Moonbeam Award for top children's graphic novel. O'Reilly also won the Top 40 Under 40 award from the city of Vancouver and authored "The Clockwork Girl" for Top Graphic Novel at Book Expo America in 2009. Currently, O'Reilly is one of the most prolific independent comic book writers in Canada. While showing no signs of slowing down in comics, he now writes screenplays and adapts his creations for the big screen.