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The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish

The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish

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by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, Chris Lie (Illustrator)

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Washed up boxer Bolie Jackson is about to be knocked down and counted out when Henry, a young neighbor with magical powers, makes the biggest, tallest wish he could think of—for Bolie to win the match. But believing in magic doesn't come easily to some people. Rejecting Henry's wish could end Bolie's career and ruin a young boy's faith in magic. They each have


Washed up boxer Bolie Jackson is about to be knocked down and counted out when Henry, a young neighbor with magical powers, makes the biggest, tallest wish he could think of—for Bolie to win the match. But believing in magic doesn't come easily to some people. Rejecting Henry's wish could end Bolie's career and ruin a young boy's faith in magic. They each have to the count of ten to make their choice . . . in the Twilight Zone.

One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the show's most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
An addition to the graphic novel genre that is sure to be appreciated by older readers is this new series, adapted from scripts of The Twilight Zone television show. It sure brings back memories for me. The author includes two pages of information about the original television show, followed by the graphic story. This is an adventure as well as a mystery, and fans of both genres will love this book! Bolie Jackson, a washed-up boxer, is about to be knocked out when a little friend who idolizes him says he is going to make magic happen. We see before the fight, when Jackson is angered by an unsavory man and, in trying to hit him, puts his fist through a wall and breaks four of his knuckles. Obviously, this will keep him from winning the fight...or will it? His young friend, watching the fight on television, sees Jackson in trouble and makes his wish. Later, as he is arriving home, Jackson is told by everyone in his building what a great fight it was; strangely, Jackson remembers lying on the mat with the referee counting to ten. What is going on? This is a good story that comes across just like the original show. It just might get readers thinking about the possibility of another dimension. Perfect for both reluctant and avid readers. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up–Designed to bring the classic television series to a new generation, these graphic novels are adaptations of scripts from original episodes. In Wish, a washed-up prizefighter, is trying to make a comeback. When a young neighbor watches him going down in defeat, he wishes for a different outcome. Bolie finds himself the victor, but with memories of being down for the count. Henry tells Bolie about his wish, and the magic of belief that made it a reality. Bolie, unfortunately, cannot accept Henry’s faith in him, or, ultimately, in himself, and he finds himself back in the ring, down and defeated. Lie’s art fits the darkness of the subject matter, with muted, rather muddy colors. The illustrations are fairly original, only vaguely resembling the actors who played the original roles. In Martian, two state troopers investigate a call about a downed UFO. They locate the vehicle and follow the tracks in the snow to Haley’s Diner, where they find the passengers of a bus and the diner’s owner. The troopers question the people and finally have to confess that they are looking for an alien. Tension builds and suspicion flares among the people, the electricity goes out, and the jukebox intermittently plays. The troopers and bus leave, none the wiser about the alien. However, the ending has a typical Twilight Zone twist that will surprise readers. Ellis’s illustrations are a bit closer to the original look of the episode as broadcast. The dialogue balloons follow the scripts well, condensing the stories without diluting them. Introductions, afterwords, and production notes from the original televised episodes are included.–Suanne Roush, Osceola HighSchool, Seminole, FL

Product Details

Walker & Company
Publication date:
Twilight Zone Series
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 10.03(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

ROD SERLING (creator) has won the most Emmy awards for dramatic writing in the history of television. He wrote over seventy-five episodes of the Twilight Zone series, for which he won three of his Emmys. He was also the show's host and narrator.

MARK KNEECE (adaptor) has written stories for numerous comics, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He helped found the sequential art department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and teaches comics writing as a professor of sequential art. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.

CHRIS LIE (illustrator, The Big Tall Wish) has worked with several comic publishers on properties such as GI Joe, Transformers, Return to Labyrinth, and Dungeons and Dragons. He also illustrated Deaths-Head Revisited. He lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't like a dark and twisted tale? The Twilight Zone franchise has the market cornered on twisted stories. And now readers can experience THE TWILIGHT ZONE in graphic novel form. In THE BIG TALL WISH, a has-been boxer, Bolie Jackson, is determined to make a comeback. He is scheduled to fight that night. A young neighbor boy wishes Bolie well and promises to make a wish to keep him from getting hurt. Before the fight begins, Bolie finds himself with a broken hand when his anger at his agent overtakes him. But Bolie refuses to give up and has his trainer tape his hand even tighter. But it's not enough to keep Bolie from getting beaten and knocked out. When Bolie comes to, the world has been altered and he's standing as the winner. Anyone who knows The Twilight Zone understands that there can never be a happy ending. Bolie doesn't leave a good thing alone. When he questions how he came to be the winner, the wish that Henry made starts to unravel. THE BIG TALL WISH is just one of a variety of THE TWILIGHT ZONE stories that have been captured in graphic clarity. The story has been adapted from the original script that aired on television in the 1960s. THE BIG TALL WISH is told with the dark colors that made the show that much creepier. The only way that this story would've been darker was if the illustrator had kept to the traditional black-and-white coloring that The Twilight Zone was known for.