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Jellaby: Monster in the City Paperback – Bargain Price, April 21, 2009
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"Jellaby will win your heart. Kean Soo's drawings are full of life and wonder, his characters curious and real, but the world of Jellaby hints of strange, dark mysteries bubbling just beneath the surface--what more could you ask for in a good children's book?" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
The binding, though, is another thing. It lasted only 3 readers then pages started falling out of the book. This book is NEW and the pages were falling out from the very first set of pages straight through to the middle of the book. The binding is very poor quality, the worst that I have seen in many years. How did this low-quality binding get past Scholastic?
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.
I enjoyed this volume a might better than the first since I at least knew what to expect but was still disappointed. Sure I love the illustrations; they are cute and all once you get used to the teeny kids and I like the expressions the artist can convey just with the character's eyes. But story wise I did not find it satisfying. Too many questions were left in my mind and no questions were answered. What happened to Portia's father? Is Jellaby an imaginary friend? If so, why can others see him? Or do they really see him? The ending leaves this all up in the air and just left me feeling flat and disappointed. Others really enjoy this little series but I have to say it just wasn't my cup of tea.
While I agree with other reviewers that the second book in the series, "Monster in the City," is better than the first story-wise, it also has some serious flaws that rather spoil the story for me.
When the first Jellaby book left off, outcast Portia and nerdy Jason were trying to help their monster friend, Jellaby, find the way home by taking him to a festival in Toronto. In this book, they find a mysterious doorway that leads to the lair of Xolotl, another monster who is lonely for companionship and has a masked stage magician lure young children to her underground home. Unfortunately, Xolotl is possessive and short-tempered, and her "friends" generally don't last very long. When Jason ends up in Xolotl's clutches, it's up to Portia and Jellaby to rescue him.
The art style of these books is simplistic and stylized, with a black, white, and lavender color scheme touched with magenta and orange here and there. For me, I can't quite decide if it fits the story or distracts the viewer, since it seems to be a style more fitting for a children's book than a graphic novel, especially since this one takes some eerie, dark turns in a story that started off whimsical. I do like Xolotl's design, though Jellaby looks more weird than cute to me.Read more ›
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This is a really well done and oddly moving graphic novel - translates across age groups too. Highly recommend and looking forward to book two!Published 5 months ago by NYC Spinner
How can you not enjoy this? No, that wasn’t a rhetorical question and I am seriously asking how can anyone not enjoy this? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Noura
Great addition to a reading list for a kid who loves graphic novels!Published 14 months ago by Mom with Ph.D.
I got an ebook of this book from NetGalley to review. This is the second book in the Jellaby series. It continues where the first book left off. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karissa Eckert
Picked up a sample issue at Free Comic Book Day and just had to track down this collected volume. A super cute tale about a girl and her dragon. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Liza A. Lagman
Good story and amazing illustrations! Kean Soo is definitely a master of visual storytelling. Hope to see more from him.Published on March 19, 2014 by ScratchyTom