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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,736,364 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 the Library Binding edition.

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Good story and amazing illustrations!
ScratchyTom
I can't wait to read the second book in the series and I would highly recommend this book to fans of Andy Runton and Kazu Kibuishi.
Andy Shuping
Too many questions were left in my mind and no questions were answered.
Nicola Mansfield

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on January 14, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on July 21, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Fridlund on June 2, 2012
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The story line is great, illustrations or great, and it is interesting and compelling.

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?
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liza A. Lagman on August 12, 2014
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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. My four year-old hasn't tired of having this one read to him and we are eagerly awaiting the next volume!
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Format: Library Binding
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. This was a cute little story that should appeal to younger readers.

Portia and Jason continue on their journey to get Jellaby to the city in hopes of finding his way home. Portia loves having Jellaby for a friend but wants to help him find his home too. Their search leads them to a circus where they meet a mysterious hooded man that seems to know about Jellaby. He leads them to a monster similar to Jellaby. This monster befriends children, but is not as friendly as Jellaby is. In addition to this Portia is still trying to solve the mystery behind her father’s strange disappearance.

This book added more questions than answers to the Jellaby story. We meet another monster but don’t find out really how that monster got into our world...just that it truly is a monster.

Portia and Jason have some issues with their friendship that they have to work through, so it was good to see that. Portia is also torn about helping Jellaby leave because she doesn’t want to lose her friend.

Jellaby is just as adorable (and hungry) as in the first book. We see a more fierce side to him as well. The question of whether Portia created Jellaby with her imagination or if he is from another place isn’t really answered. Instead we have yet more questions.

There are some very funny parts, especially when Jellaby goes on some carnival rides.

The illustration is very cartoony and simplistic in style, everything is done in purple tones (like the first book). I never had trouble following the illustrations and the facial expressions did an excellent job of conveying emotion.
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