Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? A fast paced adventure in a world of fairy tale menace is undertaken by a lute-playing skeleton and his beloved companion, a bag of slime. Rickety Stitch and Gooey undertake a quest, for lack of other options, and to discover who Rickety was before he died. Along the way they meet boggarts, fiends, unicorns, ogres and gnomes, who invariably defy stereotype. Rickety himself sings a half-remembered song of the road to Epoli, which may offer a clue to his beginnings. A link to a free download of the song is available, and is a rich accompaniment to this world of horror and unexpected friendship. The expressive and colorful illustrations, creative takes on classic characters, and whimsical writing make this a great addition to graphic novel collections.
To whom would you recommend this book? Upper elementary school and older lovers of graphic novel horror and fantasy, and especially fans of Jeff Smith’s Bone series will love this.
Who should buy this book? Middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Children’s or teen graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: June 24, 2017