Luz Sees the Light (The Future According to Luz), Claudia Davila, Kids Can Press, 2011
Format: Graphic Novel
What did you like about the book? This book has some great qualities. The illustrations, which are very important in a graphic novel, are cartoony, but realistic and easy to look at. The reader can really use the images to add story to the text. The format is also very easy to follow which is very good for someone who is new to this format. This book also had a great message for readers about the environment and renewable resources.
What didn’t you like about the book? Unfortunately, despite the lofty goal of teaching kids about the environment the book comes across as preachy. There are several parts of the story that read more like non-fiction because too much environmental information is being imparted. The story also does not flow. The pictures fit the text great, but the text just does not work in some places. There are random little side stories that are not necessary for this short graphic novel.
To whom would you recommend this book? I would not recommend this book to children. Even kids who are into recycling will find this book boring about half way through. For better graphic novels for the same reading level they should try Knights of the Lunch Table and the Mal and Chad series.
Who should buy this book? If you absolutely must buy this book… I would say public libraries.
Where would you shelve it and why? Children’s Graphic Novel shelves
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, it is not worth the 30 minutes it takes to read it.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Bonny Anderson, Northborough Free Library, Northborough
Date of review: 2/1/12