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My Best Friend is a Germ (Ernest and Rebecca Graphic Novels Series #1)
     

My Best Friend is a Germ (Ernest and Rebecca Graphic Novels Series #1)

by Guillaume Bianco, Antonello Dalena (Illustrator)
 

Rebecca is a six and a half year-old girl who is out of luck – her parents are on the verge of divorce and she is always getting sick due to a weak immune system. One rainy day Rebecca's luck changes when she meets a magical microbe named Ernest, who becomes her best friend! Ernest is no regular germ—he's about the same height as Rebecca and he can talk.

Overview

Rebecca is a six and a half year-old girl who is out of luck – her parents are on the verge of divorce and she is always getting sick due to a weak immune system. One rainy day Rebecca's luck changes when she meets a magical microbe named Ernest, who becomes her best friend! Ernest is no regular germ—he's about the same height as Rebecca and he can talk. Can Rebecca keep her parents together with the help of her new friend? And can anyone really have a friend who belongs in a Petri dish?

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Publishers Weekly
A six-and-a-half-year-old child with a compromised immune system deals with her parents’ separation by imagining a microbial best pal named Ernest in this French import. Little Rebecca is fussed over by her parents to keep her from going outside and picking up germs, but they can’t even stay civil for the birthday get-together for their 14-year-old daughter, Coralie. To compensate, Rebecca imagines Ernest, a “very rare and exceptionally robust” virus, who keeps her company and helps hatch schemes to get her parents back together. After confiding in Coralie, Rebecca decides that Ernest is actually a “vaccination” protecting her from worse diseases. Dalena’s art is lush and expressive, with an elegant line and Disney-like character designs. Bianco’s clever script comes up with endless illness-based metaphors for the family’s situation —for instance, Sam, the mother’s new boyfriend, is a “super aggressive microbe,” according to Ernest. Much of the irony and implied darkness will go over younger readers’ heads—although they may find it unsettling—but most will probably enjoy the germ-filled antics. Ages 6–11. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“Ernest & Rebecca is Calvin and Hobbes for today's generation of kids.” —COMIC ATTACK

“A clever and heartfelt read that will speak volumes to an adult reader, and give younger readers great characters they will want to return to in Volume 2.” —SPANDEXLESS

“Dalena's art is lush and expressive, with an elegant line and Disney-like character designs.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597072861
Publisher:
Papercutz
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Ernest and Rebecca Graphic Novels Series , #1
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

GUILLAUME BIANCO wishes to tell stories for adults and children and raise big questions while entertaining. With Billy Fog, Eco, and Epictetus published in his native France and soon in America, his wish seems to be coming true! His work has been featured in the DISNEY FAIRIES series from Papercutz.

ANTONELLO DALENA has drawn Donald Duck comics for Topolino and PK3 and drawn many of Disney's feature animation graphic novels and comics, including Atlantis, Cars, Toy Story, Bolt, Wall-E, Ratatouille, and Brave. His work has appeared in the DISNEY FAIRIES graphic novel series as well as SYBIL THE BACKPACK FAIRY, both from Papercutz.

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