01/ Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The is actually quite a unique book as it is told in two ways - words and illustrations. There are two stories in two different time period with Ben in the present and Rose in the past. The drawings are wonderfully detailed and the book is designed beautifully. The connection at the end is not surprising to me because I already believe Ben and Rose is connected somehow simply because if there is no connection then why tell them together? This book is over 600 pages but still a quick read and it's quite nice to pause in between words to study the images.
Favorite Quote: "Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dreams, or your dad."
02/ Matilda by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
I saw the movie first before reading this so I'm a bit biased toward the movie. We see more of Matilda's abilities in the movie than in the book. Miss Honey's sorry state is a bit too much unlike the movie where she is less pitiful and with slightly more guts. This is why I like Matilda, she totally understands Miss Honey. In a way, Matilda is the grown-up and Miss Honey is the child but they are good together. Matilda needs the knowledge that she hasn't learned and Miss Honey needs someone to help her be a little braver. Matlida is written so quirkly and wonderful and so much fun! Why haven't I read this book earlier?
Favorite Quote: "Being very small and very young, the only power Matilda had over anyone in her family was brainpower. For sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all."
03/ Oddly Normal Book #1, 2, & 3 by Otis Frampton
I don't read a lot of comics, okay, this my first comic actually. The story is simple - a girl named Oddly Normal who is a half witch half human. After a wish she made on her birthday, Oddly is transported to another world that is imagined but somehow real. It's easy to understand and get into the story though it is rather slow compare to books (the story takes a while to move) because each panel is really like a couple of sentences but I read fast so it wasn't slow.
|my take on 'Oddly Normal'|
I got interested in Oddly Normal because I read this wonderful blog post about Frampton's drawing process (it's all digital) and thought I should check it out for the drawing/design itself. If I would to create a comic, this is the style and quality I would like. There is still book #4 to come but I'm sure I'll read that when it comes out.
Favorite Quote: "I do apologize for being tardy to your party, my peach. I was shifting between the plane of glee and the realm of inversion - which required transmogrifying into an amorphous mist so I could pass through a super-spatial sieve. So I completely lost track of it - time, that is."