Hosler, Jay Last of the SandWalkers 312 pgs. First Second 2015. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G GRAPHIC NOVEL
This long graphic novel features a varied group of beetles, leaving their
isolated community to explore their surroundings. Their expedition makes
shocking discoveries, including about themselves, has adventures, broadens
their horizons, and face death at every turn. Lucy, Raef, and Mossy, Professor
Bombardier and Ma Dog each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and must
rely on each other.
I found this book a chore to read. It was overly long! The black and
white graphic novel art blurred all the main characters of the smaller beetles into the same
character. I was confused by the jumps from the exploration back to the home
community and I think jumps in time as well. There was a melding of nativity about
the world and super knowledge about technology that didn’t gel well together at
all. Its obvious the author put a ton of care and research into adding science
to this book, but since many of the creatures turn out to be robots, it was
just muddled up.
MS, HS -NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.