Oddly Normal – written and illustrated by Otis Frampton

51lyiiclqyl            Oddly Normal – (Book 3) written and illustrated by Otis Frampton, Image Comics, 2016. ISBN 9781632156921

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Oddly, who is the daughter of a witch and a human, is still in Fig Nation after wishing in a moment of pique for her parents to disappear (in Book 1). After one of her classmate tormentors challenges her to a race through Snake-Bite Canyon, Oddly’s pals help her fashion a racing broom. Teacher Gooseberry’s motives become clearer. I love this plucky girl trying to figure out who she is and what her powers are. She is absolutely not limited by her gender; for her it’s her half-witch status that is the problem.  Her pals are a variety of colors, creatures and genders. This installment relies a lot on the previous books to set the stage for the reader, so I don’t think it can stand alone.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Readers will need to read the previous books to get the gist of why Oddly is in Fig Nation and what happened to her parents.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Deutch’s Hereville and Cammuso’s The Misadventures of Salem Hyde will enjoy this.

Who should buy this book? Middle school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 15, 2017

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