TenNapel, D. (2010). Ghostopolis. New York: Graphix. ISBN: 9780545210287
Annotation: When Garth, a live boy, is accidentally sent to Ghostopolis, he and his dead grandfather must find a way to get him home before the evil ruler of Ghostopolis takes him prisoner.
Reaction: This book was a fun adventure, and I think 10-13 year olds would love it. The story is quick, entertaining and funny enough to keep even reluctant readers interested. In fact, I actually already have plans to let a co-worker’s son, who doesn’t read, borrow it! Plus, it has a great message about the importance of family and forgiveness.
The art is amazing, very crisp and clean, and reminds me a lot of an animated cartoon. TenNapel has a great style that I think would appeal to a lot of kids who spend a lot of time playing video games and watching TV. The colors are great. TenNapel stays within his panels, and the story flows really smoothly. I like the use of the black page border when the reader sees Vaugner, the evil ruler, in his castle.
This book is on my Top Ten Favorites list for this class.
Media Used: Drawn digitally using Manga Studio EX 4.