Friday, May 6, 2016

Last of the SandWalkers by Jay Hosler -NO

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.

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