This is another graphic novel for kids. It is written by David Nytra. The pictures are breathtaking. They break the boundaries of imagination, sending the reader on a wild flight of fantasy that tells a moving and universal coming of age story.
The story has a magical tone to it, and the author creates a magical world unlike any that I have every imagined possible. It is a book that will feel like an escape to most readers. And a book that achieves that, is great by my standards!
When Leah and Alan awaken in an enchanted forest, they have only each other and their wits to guide them. I just felt totally transported into the story while I was reading it.
It is a world full of pet bees and giant rabbits. They befriend foppish lions and stone frogs. Learning to overcome danger, they find their way home, and their independence.
This is another empowering graphic novel. I just loved it from beginning to end.
David Nytra has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. He is an artist who works in many media, including clay, wood, and animation. He lives in the small town of 100 Mile House in British Columbia Canada.
This is his first children’s book. Though his own dreams are often unexciting and he’s only a little bit allergic to bees, he loved books with many creatures in them as a child and he hopes he has put enough beasties in there to satisfy a child’s curiosity.
I hope that Nytra writes more children’s books. He is not only a gifted storyteller but he is also a GREAT illustrator.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth