Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure by Mike Shiell

Linty: A Pocketful of Adventure by Mike Shiell. Kids Can Press, 2022. 9781525304941

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Imagine the quiet life of a ball of lint, in the pocket of a pair of jeans, waiting patiently for a kid to grow into them. Activities are much the same day to day – a little bouncing for cardio, some sightseeing (“Everything is so blue!”), and a rousing game of solo Marco Polo. But then, when the kid is finally big enough to wear the jeans, everything changes. Linty is joined by a crowd of other, um, things? A chatty acorn, a playful lollipop, as well as a pen, a bottle cap, some cookies, a Lego piece and even some broccoli and peas, all of whom have been around the block a bit. These guys know how to play, and Linty’s life is never the same.

Shiell’s anthropomorphized pocket denizens, rendered in pencil and Photoshop, provide lots of slapstick humor. Their expressive eyes and mouths, which reminded me of Spongebob Squarepants cartoons, are funny without being crass, which complements the gentle humor of the text. Unframed panels provide a loose, pictorial backdrop to the action. For readers who enjoy offbeat characters and a gently jokey story, this one is a quick, fun read,

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For ages 6-9, younger fans of gently humorous graphic novels.

Who should buy this book? An additional purchase for elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

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

Date of review: June 13, 2022

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