Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bad Island by Doug TenNapel


Bad Island 
by Doug TenNapel
Personal Copy
Graphic Novel
2011

Book Jacket Summary
Something on this island is up to no good . . .

When Reese is forced to go on a boating trip with his family, the last thing he expects is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially one teeming with weird plants and animals. But what starts out as simply a bad vacation turns into a terrible one, as the castaways must find a way to escape while dodging the island's dangerous inhabitants. With few resources and a mysterious entity on the hunt, each secret unlocked could save them . . . or spell their doom. One thing Reese knows for sure: This is one Bad Island.

My Thoughts
TenNapel has done it again! I loved his newest graphical novel and the roller coaster adventure that it contained. He mixes an everyday family with a SciFi robot adventure and it really works.
Reese, Janie, Lyle (dad), Karen (mom) go on a family boating trip. Reese does not want to go because he is a teenager and has better things to do than hang out with his family all weekend. Janie just wants to play with her pet snake and Lyle and Karen just want a nice boat trip. Instead they get an adventure of a life time when their boat gets lost in a storm and wrecks upon a strange island. They find wildlife and animals that are definitely not from this world and must run from some scary alien-like creatures.
This is a great graphic novel for reluctant readers because it is fast paced and full of adventure! It has interesting flashbacks to a space war and how the story lines interconnect is well planned. The family is a typical family but you can tell they love each other. There is a point where the children get separated from their parents and Reese protects Jamie from the creatures following them. He makes sure his little sister is safe and tries to get back to his parents. Reese is a good protagonist for readers to connect with. He is troubled but when times get rough he gets up and fights for his family survival.
I would highly recommend having this graphic novel in a library collection or in your personal collection if you like SciFi adventures. I found a copy at my local Scholastic Warehouse sale for $5 and talked a teacher friend into getting a copy for her classroom.   

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