Hi All! It’s Becky. I have had the graphic novels Martian Ghost Centaur by Mat Heagerty and The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History by David F. Walker on my TBR list for months, and I finally got to read. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Martian Ghost Centaur
Author: Mat Heagerty
Illustrator: Steph Mided
Lettered by: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Summary: Louie loves her hometown of Southborough. She plans to stay there forever, but the town’s future is in trouble. Southborough was once a popular tourist destination because a sighting of Sasquatch put the town on the map. Now, it is years later tourists no longer visit Southborough, and Louie is desperate to help save her dads’ restaurant. Louie and her friend, Felix, devise a to save the town and her family’s business.
Review: Martian Ghost Centaur was a fun book with a great main character. Louie was sassy and scrappy in all the ways that make a great heroine. She loves her town, and she will do whatever it takes to fight to save it. The story had plenty of laugh-out-loud moments that will please readers. Also, the art was colorful and expressive. I especially loved the way the artist used the eyes of the characters to show their feelings. The graphic novel was nicely designed and the characters well developed, and is great for reluctant readers.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5
Title: The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History
Author: David F. Walker
Illustrator: Marcus Kwame Anderson
Summary: In 1966 The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded to protect African Americans and their rights. The group evolved and took on different causes to provide services to those in need, while the media shaped a negative perception of the group, and the government tried to shut them down. Author David F. Walker gives insight into the Black Panther party and how the group began, grew, evolved, and disbanded.
Review: I was impressed by The Black Panther Party: A Graphic History. The author and illustrator worked together to create a well-made graphic novel that perfectly represented the history of The Black Panthers. Walker began the history of the group with the catalyst of its founding. The author included historical facts about the Black Panthers in a way that will engage teen readers and made the book educational and entertaining. The illustrations perfectly mirrored the style of the 60s and 70s when the story is based. Anderson used varying formats and page layouts to move the story along and give the graphic novel a quick pace. The pieces of the graphic novel come together and create a book that was informative, educational, and entertaining, and I highly recommend it.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5