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Suee and the Shadow Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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About the Author
Molly Park lives in Seoul, South Korea, with two black cats and a mouse, and they all get along very well. Suee and the Shadow is their debut graphic novel.
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She received a bunch of books for her birthday - this is the one she has been carrying with her to school and various activities for the past month, so I would say it is a hit.
If you’ve ever read any Emily the Strange books then you’ll definitely like this GN and the main character Suee! She’s very much like Emily, minus the genius inventor part and the fact that she’s Korean. One of the reasons I was so interested in it. If you also have an interest in Korean culture or would like to read a story based in Korea than this is a good one for you.
Just one of the downsides I guess, and this is only if you have a attention span as short as mine and get bored just as easily, it’s a bit slow in terms of story progression. I’m not at all saying that I wish it was shorter, because I don’t! It had decent pacing, I just felt certain parts got a bit repetitive.
All in all, very much worth it. I’d recommend it to anyone of any age. I’m in my 20s
While the story is pretty straightforward, there are some nice pauses that add surprising depth to the tale. We touch on friendship, kindness, sympathy, and independence, but also nudge issues like loneliness, depression, parental distraction, isolation, and resistance to authority.
This is complemented and supported by crisp art set out in a black and white palette, with the occasional carefully applied splash or small touch of color. It's sometimes hard to tell characters apart, and they aren't very expressive, as drawn, but much of the story is told as a narrative internal monologue, so the reader always knows what's happening.
The upshot is that you get a classic creepy tale, but also an insightful tale of a confused and conflicted young girl. An interesting find.
(Please note that I found this book while browsing Kindle FreeTime books. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
This was a fascinating and original concept that had elements of suspense and mystery, and there is some interesting symbolism at work here too. Suffice it to say, beyond the title, that the central character has to deal with a striking supernatural event. As a reader, I enjoyed the way Ginger Ly set up this graphic novel, and it kept me interested to see what would happen by the end (which is not something I can say about all books).
I would recommend this graphic novel for the library or classroom bookshelf of any teacher. The text and images would appeal to a wide variety of readers, old and young. I would also happily add this graphic novel to my personal collection.