Monday, February 26, 2018

Cast no Shadow by Nick Tapalansky -NO

Tapalansky, Nick Cast no Shadow, 212 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL.  First Second, 2017.  $17. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.

Greg is an unusual boy –he doesn’t have a shadow and he only has one friend. When they go explore an abandoned old house, he discovers he can see a ghost. And he has a big crush on her. Eleanor shows him her memories and he can’t wait to spend more time with her. But his shadow is having none of it and has gone rogue, destroying the town. Will the Greg be able to come out of his shell and save the town?

This book was dark, the imagery was difficult to discern, confusing, and at times almost nonsensical. This is one of the very first First Second graphic novels that I have really disliked. It’s not darkly odd and quirky –it’s just plain strange. I wouldn’t add this to my school library –though there is nothing inappropriate, so it can’t hurt to have it on your shelf.

MS –NOT RECOMMENDED.  Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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