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Jellaby: Monster in the City Paperback – Bargain Price, April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423105656
  • ASIN: B00375LNXS
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in England and raised in Hong Kong, Kean Soo settled in Canada, where he planned to embark on a career in electrical engineering. However, he discovered that he'd rather draw comics instead. Kean began posting his comics on the internet in 2002, and later became an assistant editor and regular contributor to the all-ages FLiGHT anthologies. His online work has been nominated for several awards, including an Eisner Award nomination for Jellaby. Kean likes carrots, but not nearly as much as he likes tuna sandwiches, usually with lots and lots of wasabi mayonnaise. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Good story and amazing illustrations!
ScratchyTom
Highly recommend it for any kid fans of graphic novels, reluctant readers, or kids contemplating getting into comics.
E. Kennen
Too many questions were left in my mind and no questions were answered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A Gervais on January 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
My 11 year old daughter read this book and here's what she has to say about it: It was a adventure book lots of exciting parts to remember. This book you will just get excited more if you keep on reading. It was not too short -- it fit right where I settled. It had 172 pages in the whole book. Just to let you know, this is a comic book -- if you don't like those books this book will not be suited for you.
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Format: Paperback
Good story and amazing illustrations! Kean Soo is definitely a master of visual storytelling. Hope to see more from him.
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Format: Paperback
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Portia is a quiet, but bright young girl who has just moved to a new neighborhood and a new school. It's hard enough to get used to these changes, but she's also adjusting to life without her father, who has mysteriously disappeared. And to make things even stranger her mom is acting distant! What's a girl to do? But then one night, after a strange and troubling dream, Portia discovers a shy, sweet, loving purple monster in the woods behind her house. Portia's life with Jellaby is definitely a lot more interesting now, but where did he come from? And what secrets does he know?

*brief note* OK if you've read Jellaby before this is a reprint of the first book. But Kean Soo has gone back in and redone some of the illustrations and cleaned them up a bit taking into account everything he's learned over the years.*

This is my first foray into the Jellaby world and...I love it! I mean seriously how can you not like a female character that's bright, intelligent, and just wants to have a couple of friends without demeaning her own intelligence? And then you get Jellaby who doesn't talk at, but communicates through the shaking of his head and other non-verbal queues. He's just so much fun to watch and wonder what he's going to do as he figures out the world around him, including eating some flowers. Kean has created engaging characters that feel like you could step out your door and run into them in your neighborhood. Even the bullies that Portia encounters aren't crude half portrayed characters, but they have depth to them. Overall the writing reminds me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki, with the depth to the characters.
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By E. Kennen on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Jellaby might be the most adorable monster/dragon ever created. His every nod or wide-eyed stare had my daughter and I melting in our seats. But this graphic novel isn't just about an irresistible critter and all his (?) cute, funny antics. It is also about a girl whose daily companion is loneliness -- caused by the inexplicable loss of her father at a young age and the social chasm that separating a weirdo like her from the rest of the kids at school. JELLABY is about family and loyalty, in whatever shapes they come in. And be prepared because, most heartbreakingly of all, it is a cliff-hanger of a story.

This is a sweet, often light-hearted, sometimes melancholy, story of friendship and adventures through the halls of public school and, perhaps, through darker realms. Highly recommend it for any kid fans of graphic novels, reluctant readers, or kids contemplating getting into comics.

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I love this series, and I wish it had gone on longer, though the storyline is pretty nicely wrapped up in the two volumes that it covers. I like the art style a lot and think there's valuable content for elementary school students (or even middle school students) on issues of loneliness, friendship, decision making, loyalty, etc., especially if a parent or teacher was going to discuss it with kid(s) reading it. For kids and up--I enjoyed reading it as an adult, too.
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By La Gialla on November 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved the first Jellaby -- it's one of a very few graphic novels that works for little kids (4+) with its heart-in-the-right-place messages about friendship. The language is simple enough for early readers (6+), and it has a story line that's interesting for older kids and adults. It's incredibly rare to find a book like that that you can read to siblings of different ages.

The 2nd Jellaby feels meandering and aimless, with lots of unanswered questions and scariness that doesn't enhance the story. It reads like the author was under some kind of pressure to finish. Try again Kean Soo, you were sooo close to creating a series I would gift to every child I know till the end of time...
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