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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing; Original edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561635804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561635801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,395,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up–Tesana, an obese, emotionally immature teenager, steals a rabbit from a high school fundraiser because she believes it's the Easter Bunny. In attempting to return it to its home, she ends up being chased by a stage magician, a greedy pet-shop owner, a farmer, cosmetic scientists, and a horde of animal-rights activists. The book is low on message, but filled with emotion, as its unstable protagonist causes trouble to cascade around her and inspires rage, greed, regret, and defiance in those she encounters. That said, while the book builds to a sweet ending and a degree of hope is, at long last, established, the primary activity is establishing and intensifying an extended chase scene, with more and more people joining in to prevent her from reaching her destination or to acquire her precious cargo. The tone is both comic and raw, with the fantastic elements providing some much-needed escapism from Tesana's miserable existence. This is reinforced by the artwork, which is scratchy and scribbly, but energetic, with a rock-solid understanding of cartooning and kineticism. Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment, with an unusual protagonist and showcasing a quirky new voice in comics.Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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A Home for Mr. Easter is a delightfully good time for adults and kids alike.
GraphicNovelReporter.com
The book really has it all humor, wit, action, adventure, a zany collection of characters, and most importantly a big beating heart that gives the story meaning.
Samuel H. Lewis
The imagination and the inventiveness of the art is wonderful, and I highly recommend this graphic novel.
Derek Handley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Tibbetts VINE VOICE on May 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the most popular graphic novels, a social outcast develops extraordinary abilities and performs heroic deeds. Tesana is a tubby teen who is all caught up in her own little comic book hero fantasy world. In her real world she has no friends. She's a target for bullies. A real loser. Until one day she barges in on the pep rally committee meeting and discovers a bunny that lays colored eggs. When the super jock wants the bunny back, Tesana morphs into her comic book hero alter ego and fights back. She escapes with Mr. Easter and begins a raucous journey to take him back home. Pursued by mob of madcap characters, her fantasy world gradually swallows up her real world in her crusade to save the bunny.

While the plot seems, at times, over the top, it contains enough rollicking hilarity to make it campy. Allen's black & white panels are vivid and action-packed, which keeps the story moving at a breathless pace. Tesana is a comical, animal loving super hero with a gi-normous - uh - heart. She will definitely grow on you. "A Home for Mr. Easter" is witty and fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel H. Lewis on April 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
A Home for Mr. Easter is an all around fantastic book. Tesana is a hero for a new generation, she's sweet and endearing while being the ultimate badass. The relationship between her and Mr. Easter is moving, the idea of this large woman protecting the tiny Mr. Easter is inspiring. Brooke Allen is clearly a gifted writer and artist, she has a vision that comes across completely fresh and new. The book really has it all humor, wit, action, adventure, a zany collection of characters, and most importantly a big beating heart that gives the story meaning. Here's one fan that will be waiting in line impatiently for her next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Handley on November 7, 2010
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"A Home for Mr Easter" is a great story, and very well told. The comedy works - there are some laugh-out-loud moments - and the characters, although broad and in some cases tending to caricature, really work. The imagination and the inventiveness of the art is wonderful, and I highly recommend this graphic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicole chauvet on October 18, 2010
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I'm an excessive reader of graphic novels and so when I found this one, I thought, ok. Could be kiddy story but alright, I'll give it a try.
Oh man, was a surprised! Awesome graphics, reminisecent of Bill Watterson and Craig Thompson. Just beautiful flowing panels, popping out scene after scene. Not one wasted in this rush, rush, to the finish.
And there's the story. I wonder about your own humanity if you can't feel for Tasana in some way. You need not be a girl, or over weight, just lonely in some facet of your life to hear this sweet song of redemption.
I've read it several times now and I still chuckle and I still get a bit emotional at the end. Give this one a look if you want to see some awesome art AND a great story too.
Nicole
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on July 8, 2010
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Young Tesana has problems at home and at school. She doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. She's overweight, restless, seemingly friendless, and unhappy overall with her life. She imagines a vivid fantasy life (like a unicorn who comes to fly her to school after she gets kicked off the schoolbus), but nothing prepares her for the real thing: a rabbit who lays Easter eggs...the real-life Easter Bunny.

Cue the world that Tesana doesn't get along with: They all seem to conspire to keep Tesana away from the bunny. Once word gets out about Mr. Easter, the pet store owner wants him back (and seemingly will do anything to get him back), and Tesana's mother is none too happy with the rabbit either. Tesana develops a plan to get Mr. Easter to safety in the North Pole, and the action commences from there.

Brooke A. Allen's story is imaginative and fun, but certainly not light and airy. The language is not inappropriate for younger readers, although the situation is more suitable for older kids (Tesana's home situation is implied to be negative, though it's never clear if her mother is any more than just a little emotionally abusive). The artwork alone probably speaks to the age group it's intended for more than anything: The art will appeal to slightly older readers more than young ones. The rest of the story embarks on an adventure with mild violence, but nothing too shocking.

Older readers will really enjoy the fantasy element and how it speaks to the alienation of so many people on so many levels. Tesana is a good-hearted heroine and one who deserves the rich fantasy life she has constructed. A Home for Mr. Easter is a delightfully good time for adults and kids alike.
-- John Hogan
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