Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Golden Compass: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 by Philip Pullman

Pullman, Philip  The Golden Compass: Graphic Novel Volume 1  Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.  $18.99  GRAPHIC NOVEL  Content: Language: PG (2 swears); Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG.   

Lyra lives at Jordan College where she is free to go where she wants.  She is an intelligent girl with lots of questions and she has a pet weasel who talks to her.  A woman comes to the school and wants to teach her how to be an explorer and Lyra leaves the school, but before she goes the school master gives her a golden compass that he says will help her figure things out, but it’s a secret.  So Lyra begins a crazy journey where she meets a lot of interesting people.   

This book has an interesting story line and Lyra is likable.  There are mystical creatures tied to each person and there is a lot of things happening that are never explained (making this volume 1).  The illustrations are really good and it is obvious what is happening in the story, but Lyra is more cartoon-ish looking than the other illustrations, which is weird.  The violence was super shocking because a person is shot through the neck with an arrow and it’s quite gruesome.  This book leaves the reader hanging.  

 MS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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