A surprising, charming, and flat-out fun book for very young readers. These books are great visual literacy tools, encourage good sportsmanship, and delight on creative page with Scott Roberts’s creative cartooning.
When Andrew spots a friendly forest monster outside his window, he knows it’s time to play. They begin the strangest round of hide-and-seek you’ve ever seen! And after almost winning, Andrew learns how to have the right attitude when a game doesn’t go your way. This colorful, word-free graphic novel kicks off Game for Adventure, a series of graphic novels for developing readers, featuring lovable characters and fun fantasy takes on classic games.
In this wordless graphic novel, young Andrew starts drawing a friendly purple monster, only to have him come to life right behind him. It takes a few tries for Andrew to spot the blobby purple creature, but when he finally does, he puts on his pith helmet, grabs his best net, and embarks on a trek into the forest to catch him. Andrew is dogged in his search, but the big monster easily evades him by comically blending into the surroundings. Nordling and Roberts come up with clever places for the beast to hide, though his big purple stature will give away his hiding place to everyone but Andrew. Roberts takes the charming concept and creates a simplistic yet playful experience, and the bright color palette is sure to please its young audience. Roberts does a particularly great job with Andrew’s facial expressions—as he chases the monster ever longer, he subtlety gets more and more frustrated. Though the message of playing fair might escape some readers, this gentle, adorable adventure is nevertheless a quick and enjoyable read.
This charming addition to early graphic novel shelves will appeal to children making their first forays into comics.
School Library Journal
Quietly thoughtful and emotionally on-point.