Saturday, October 9, 2010
Review: The Eternal Smile (Yang and Kim)
Authors: Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 out of 5
Challenges: Graphic Novel, YA
FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library
Summary (from the inside flap): Meet Duncan. Charming and brave, he's the Princesses' favorite--and he's on his way to winning the throne. But lately, the walls of reality in Duncan's kingdom are wearing a little thin. Meet Gran'pa Greenbax. Nothing seems to satisfy this greedy old frog's longing for a pool full of gold--until, one day, a mysterious smile appears in the sky. has his chance at happiness come at last? Meet Janet. Her nine-to-five life take sa turn for the romantic when she learns in an email from a mysterious Nigerian prince that she has been chosen to liberate his family's vast fortune. All he needs is her banking information.
Review: I have read one of Gene Luen Yang's books before (American Born Chinese) and quite liked it so I thought I'd give this one a go as well. And, I thought it would give me a good kick start to the Dewey Read-a-Thon. I was right on both counts.
This graphic novel consists of three short stores, all of which deal with the them of fantasy and reality. They also put the ideas of good and evil up against one another. I must confess that all three stories are a little...strange. But at the same time I like them. Gran'pa Greenback's story plays on the idea of greed, religion, and happiness while I loved that Janet's story uses the "Nigerian email scam" to set her path in motion.
If you like something that is a little quirky, interesting, and a quick read, then this is the book for you. I also liked that all three stories are done in very different styles of illustrations that really pull the reader in.