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Jellaby, Volume 1 Paperback – Bargain Price, February 5, 2008
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A quick read with cute illustrations. Certainly more serious than I thought it would be, which came as a surprise. A cute purple monster just makes you think it's going to be a silly book but it's not and it's not for young children either as there are serious themes, mainly Portia's absent father and her friend Jason's obviously neglectful parents who are never home. Portia also has nightmares which are disturbing and could be frightening to younger or sensitive children, so do pay attention to the recommended age of ten plus. The book isn't silly but that doesn't mean it isn't funny. It has it's moments and I did enjoy Jellaby as a character. However, I just didn't connect with the book as other's have done. The children felt much younger than they are supposed to be which was off-putting and the fact that Portia doesn't know where her dad is seems strange once it is apparent that he is somewhere. I'm pretty sure I know what happened to him, but we will have to find out in the second book. This book is also very much a "Part 1" as it ends with them going off on a journey and the words "to be continued". I know most people love this book but "just OK" for me; the combination of cute and seriousness didn't work for me, plus I had a lot of unanswered questions. I also questioned the nature of Jellaby, whether he was an "imaginary" friend, evidence points otherwise and yet still the question lingers.
It wasn't long ago that Portia and her mother moved to a new town to start their lives over. Portia hasn't made many friends since then, and she's just going through the motions in her classes as well. What better time to discover a huge purple monster in the back yard then? Naming the strange mute creature Jellaby, Portia unwittingly enlists the help of fellow student Jason, as they two search for a way to find the their new friend's true home. Their search may connect to Portia's missing father, a series of odd dreams she's been having, and a door that's miles and miles away.Read more ›
Portia is an outsider, but not for the usual reasons. She's smart and thoughtful. Her intelligence draws ire from her classmates and leaves her bored in her studies. One night, after a strange dream, Portia discovers a scared monster behind her house. How the purple creature ended up in her yard is not clear, but Portia is determined to keep her new friend a secret while she figures things out. In her efforts to keep "Jellaby" hush hush, she inadvertently pulls classmate Jason into the mix. Now they're partners. A tip from Jellaby about her (his?) possible origins results in a secret trip to Toronto to find out the truth. The story ends just before the threesome reach the big city, with plans for a second book to wrap up the tale.
I can't help but think of one of my favorite movies, "The Iron Giant", when reading this book. There is something about an outsider finding friendship with a really outsider that draws you in. The illustrations are on point throughout, using just a few colors to get the job done. Overall, the effect is an artful and beautifully subtle story that leaves you eager for more.
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I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. It was a cute little read and I enjoyed it. I think younger kids will enjoy it as well. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Karissa Eckert
This was adorable. I recommend it for any age group. I'll have to see if I can find the second one at the library.Published on September 3, 2013 by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
Love this comic. Jellaby is such an adorable monster, and Soo's storytelling style conveys humor while also dealing with some important issues for kids, including loneliness,... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Robin
Good story - about a girl without a father meeting a friendly baby monster.
Although there are some things to watch out for - the kids lie to their parents and go on an... Read more
This book introduces a very cute new series! This book would be ideal for kids that can read a decent amount. The art is colorful and cute and the text is fairly humorous. Read morePublished on April 4, 2010
One of the thing I like most about my job is I get to read lots of comic books! After reading this one, Jellaby has quickly become one of my favorites. Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by GreenBeanTeenQueen
Jellaby is wonderful. I couldn't get over how amazingly cute it was. Recommended for all ages.Published on March 2, 2009 by Janice Mcconville
Portia, a lonely 10 year old girl with no friends, meets a mysterious monster who looks a bit like a baby Barney the dinosaur. Shades of E.T. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by M. Tanenbaum
I spent the last two weeks writing two 20ish page papers about graphic novels. I can rattle off titles, a brief history of the term, benefits of the format, the difference between... Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by Miss Print