Monday, November 6, 2017

Ali-A Adventures: Game On by Alastair Aiken -OPTIONAL

Aiken, Alastair Ali-A Adventures: Game On,  50 pgs. Penguin Random House, 2017.  $20. Language: G ; Mature Content: G; Violence: G

Ali is attending the unveiling of a new video game, along with his girlfriend and his loyal dog. When reality turns into the game, Ali must use his gaming skills to rescue thralls, defeat robots, unlock upgrades, and rescue his girlfriend. Luckily his dog has some upgrades too, including talking, and it helps to have a pet when gaming. Will Ali be able to save the entire world before he runs out of lives? Large colorful graphic novel illustrations.

This graphic novel has top notch illustrations, they are everything you want in a graphic novel. I think readers will enjoy the story of a video game come to life. Fans of the Ali-A youtube channel would be thrilled. But there are just some books I think people have written or write for themselves, this is one of those. It’s a bucket list item come to life for Ali-A, as his real life girlfriend and even his dog are immortalized in graphic novel format. It feels like I am reading something that should have been kept personal. Unless you’re a fan, this book would be better off on his own coffee table.   

EL -OPTIONAL.  Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author

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