Pullman, Phlip The Golden Compass: The Graphic Novel Volume 2 Illustrated by Clement Oubrerie GRAPHIC NOVEL Alfred A. Knopf, 2016. $9.99 Content: Language: PG (4 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: R.
Lyra and her friends are heading towards Svalbard in the hopes of freeing Lyra’s father from the bears guarding the prison. Along the way they are also hoping to rescue all of the children that have been kidnapped by the Gobblers, wicked people who are separating children from their soul animals. Lyra uses her special compass, the help of a rogue polar bear and all of her friends to help the children.
This book is the second in a series of graphic novels. The illustrations are great and I love the story and characters. Based on that alone I would love to recommend this book; however, the violence is gruesome and disgusting, making it hard to recommend, especially because it is a graphic novel and depicts all of the blood. There is a decapitated head, a bear rips a person’s throat and they show a trepan which is when they cut a hole in the skull bone. Yuk!
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.