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Meanwhile is a wholly original story of invention, discovery, and saving the world, told through a system of tabs that take you forward, backward, upside down, and right side up again. Each read creates a new adventure!
Awards and praise for Jason Shiga
2004 Eisner Award
2003 Ignatz Award
2007 Stumpton Trophy Award
1999 Xeric Grant Recipient
“Crazy + Genius = Shiga” —Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
“If humankind ever finds itself at the brink of its own destruction and I am given the task to fill a small, space-bound time capsule with a collection of ten graphic novels that would present to alien eyes the best that the cartoonists of Earth had to offer the universe, Jason Shiga's Meanwhile would surely be among my picks.” —Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese
“A creator of comix that can be at once funny, disturbing, thoughtful, deconstructed, and cleverly put together.” —Time online
“Meanwhile is a wallop of a book/graphic novel! It delivers action, choices, problem solving, and engagement. And it reminds me of my own efforts in writing Choose Your Own Adventure, which I take as a great compliment coming from Jason Shiga. I wish I had written this book! Run, don’t walk, to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy!” —R. A. Montgomery, Choose Your Own Adventure author
“Ingenious” —Edward Packard, Choose Your Own Adventure author
Posted December 29, 2010
Posted May 13, 2010
This is a fantastic, fascinating graphic novel. My seven-year-old has not been able to put it down, and frankly neither have I. It is a graphic novel in the style of "Choose Your Own Adventure," where the reader has to follow a pathway marked on each illustrated panel. Just the activity of following the thread of the story with your finger as it zig-zags across the page and across pages is itself fun and engaging.
The story is also surprisingly interesting and thought-provoking, even mind-bending. What starts as an innocuous choice -- vanilla or chocolate ice cream? -- leads the reader through tricky questions of probability, free choice, and responsibility. Trying to make the right choices, so that you can keep the story going, is what will bring young readers back to the book again and again. The illustrations are colorful and amusing and the language is easy for kids to understand.
The pages are not made of paper but of some thin, strong plastic so that the book will stand up to the constant page-turning that the story requires.
Posted May 6, 2010
This book is creative and beautifully presented with such a creative approach to story writing and comics, however the over riding them of death and killing machine is not appropriate in any way for children. I unfortunately bought this book for my daughter (10 year old) and did not skim the story as I usually do and found out after my daughter starting crying at one of the versions of the story that killing is a sub topic. The particular story strain that she followed had everyone killed by one of the characters choosing to push a button on the killing machine killing everyone and everything. I have been back in the book store and pointed out to our well informed children's section B&N associate the inappropriateness and showed her specifically but she did not seem to really care. So be careful when buying this book.
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Posted March 28, 2010
Helps you choose your own adventure so it is good for learning about yourself and your friends. Definitely funny. Interestingly plotted. I really enjoyed choosing my own adventure. It is funny because there are many silly choices to choose from such as deciding between chocolate and vanilla decides the whole way the story goes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2010
This is bit more than a choose-your-own-adventure story. It's a comic book filled with adventure, humor and a couple puzzles to solve. Brilliantly put together- the author (a mathematician) is a genius!
For ages 6-11