I kill giants by

28 June 2010

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9781607061724 ; Illus. by JM Ken Niimura
Read for the Graphic Novels challenge

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

Well, to say any more would be to spoil the plot, so I won’t.

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly ills. by J. M. Ken Niimura

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly ills. by J. M. Ken Niimura

This is just a wonderful read. The story is simply and effectively told. The art work is, likewise, simple and effective. Black and white with shades of grey is all that is needed here as Niimura brings Kelly’s words to life. His version of Barbara is brilliant, with her strange hats or animals ears. And while I normally like colour in my graphic novels, in this case it isn’t really needed. It’s just beautiful the way it is done.

The whole book is beautiful. And just heart-breaking. But I can’t say anything about that, because, you know spoilers! but seriously, go check this out. If you don’t love it, well, I don’t know what to say to you!

Other reviews: Things mean a lot ; Reading list of a book pusher ; the fiction house (slightly spoilerific) ; Boarding in my forties ; The Zen Leaf

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10 Responses

  1. Nymeth says:

    This is definitely one of my favourite reads of the year so far. An amazing book.
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    • Fence says:

      lol, I must have been commenting on your blog as you were here. But yes, an amazing book. Would recommend it to anyone & everyone.

  2. Amy says:

    I've seen a few reviews of this now and I definitely want to read it! I can't wait to find a copy… somewhere… :D
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    • Fence says:

      Amy keep trying! The boyfriend tried to get it for my birthday a few months back, but it went out of stock. Eventually Amazon got it back in, so I got an addition to my birthday present :)

      It is well worth the wait.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I couldn't believe what a powerful story it told. I was literally in tears as I finished reading it and I am not a crier! Thanks for the link to my blog too!

    • Fence says:

      It is amazing how emotional they managed to make that story, because it really was so simplistic. But those are usually the ones that work so well I suppose.

  4. anne says:

    Wow, your review made me want to read this but the comments are making me angry i haven't started already…!
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  5. Skye says:

    For whatever reason, I didn't connect with it emotionally, but I think it was exceptionally well done and I actually recommend it to other people. Like, I can tell it's excellent even though I wouldn't read it again myself.

    • Fence says:

      Different strokes I guess. For some reason this managed to get me, just enough to be effective, and it didn't go ott & sentimental