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A Home for Mr. Easter Paperback – June 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
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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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
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.
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.