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The Time Museum Paperback – February 21, 2017
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"A first rate kickoff: fresh, fast, and funny." ―Kirkus, starred review
"Vivid, almost garish illustrations are effectively zippy, matching the lightning-fast text...allowing for a primary tone of sheer adventure." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Comical antics, cinematic pacing, heartwarming friendship, and a fast-moving, wacky plot should make this a real hit among middle-grade fans of adventure comics." ―Booklist
"A fun, fresh offering for the middle grade crowd." ―School Library Journal
"Loux uses vibrant colors and airy linework to sustain a sense of adventure, and his character sketches clearly communicate his protagonists’ emotions." ―PW
About the Author
Matthew Loux is the author and artist of Sidescrollers and the five-volume Salt Water Taffy series published by Oni Press. Sidescrollers was placed on the 2008 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association's prestigious Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board book Good Night, Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba. He resides in Brooklyn.
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Brainy girl would like to win an internship at the time museum so she can also be a time traveler. She is competing with another brainy girl who becomes her good friend but, wouldn’t you know it, there’s a glamorous girl (the popular kind) who is mean to both of them and insists she will win the competition. Saw that coming, didn’t you?
All of this is pretty familiar territory, even formulaic, but the story might be comforting for unpopular brainy girls. It teaches the usual lessons: learning is fun, perseverance is important, being helpful is better than being glamorous, boys eventually go for the brainy girls even if at first they are more attracted to the glamorous girls. Some of those lessons might even be true.
The story tries to be funny but it’s more cute than funny. The cartoonish illustrations are nice. I suspect that preteen girls would get a kick out of the story.
Imagine having a time traveling uncle from say 3000 or so odd years in the future. One who indulges curiosity in his niece, and runs the Time Museum, a masterpiece of technology, capturing the greatest mankind has to offer in a place that strangely exists ‘outside of time.’ Now imagine you are his niece, and have stumbled across this time museum and have been given the chance to compete to become a temporal custodian, guarding time itself against tears in the fabric of reality itself. The Time Museum by Matthew Loux offers a frenetically paced graphic novel that covers Delia’s (our hero of the story) adventures across the epochs.
I’ll have to admit, I’m a sucker for a well written time travel story, The Time Museum fulfilled my appetite. With stunning art and witty dialogue Loux presents a masterwork graphic novel and I can’t wait for the sequel. It is a truly reader engaging story with the science fiction theme looking at real-life struggles through the lens of past failures and gains and future catastrophes or progresses. The Time Museum is quite the work of art, stylistically and in the form of the written word.
Loux has crafted quite the story here. At no point is it ever dull or uneventful; something is always happening in the story. The writing style is unique to each of the six candidates characters (which I imagine wasn’t too difficult given the time periods they came from) and their unique voices speak volumes. This is a dialogue driven work of snappy banter, quick comebacks and soul searching questions about themselves. It’s a truly touching story with mystery and intrigue, and the surprise ending leaves you hanging for the next installment. For a 200+ page graphic novel, that’s impressive. At no point did the story waiver from its temporal nature and I found myself being pulled page by page until The Time Museum was over.
The artwork is definitely performed in the North=American in style, with cartoonish figures in exaggerated poses throughout the course of the work. By no means does this get in the way of the story. Loux can be as cartoony or as realistic as his needs suit him. The art pushes the narrative forward integrating cliffhangers at appropriate times. The Time Museum, like all museums, is a place you can take your time and admire the art and story and reflect (perhaps reread) upon the art and story. The art makes the graphic novel a moment captured in time, edging its way to its sequel. All the twists and turns in the plot grace the pages in twists and turns in the artwork. It is truly a stunning dynamic between word and picture that has been pulled off here. Loux is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
I would highly recommend this graphic novel to any studious young adult, those curious about history, and those (like myself) who love a good, fast paced time travel story. The graphic novel encourages teamwork, and overcoming differences in abilities and unifying them to become a cohesive whole. It’s a book about finding your place and giving 100% of your effort. The Time Museum is that and more, and it deserves a spot on everyone’s bookshelf (electronic or otherwise).
First, I loved all the history! As you can see in the description, the students vying for a spot as intern come from all over the world and throughout history. How fun is that? Plus, they get to travel to different places and times. This made for some interesting (and humorous!) situations.
I also really loved how Loux shows the way the different applicants interact. There’s the competitive aspect, but it’s more than that. These kids are from all over and have way different life experiences. They each bring something different to the group. I loved that Loux showed how they struggle to find where they each fit. One minute they are friends, the next, competitors. The characters learns a lot about who they are and how to work in a group (but it’s in no way “preachy” about it!) As someone who spends a lot of time with middle schoolers, this was so authentic.
The illustrations and colors are engaging and fit the tone of the story. The panels had so many fun details that fit with the time travel aspect of the story. This added so much!
The Time Museum by Matthew Loux is a fast paced and fun graphic novel. I highly recommend it and cannot wait for it to arrive for the library!