Mandy might be young, but she has an excellent poker face. She never looks excited, or sad, or surprised...or anything, really! She always seems calm and unflappable. When her older sister moves away, Mandy starts drawing in a brand new sketchbook. But then one night the monsters come to life! They're yelling and running and loving and crying all over the place! Will Mandy ever be able to get these monsters back into her book? And how can she get them to stay here?
Sketch Monsters is a really fun book. With Mandy set up as their serious counterpart, the monsters are given a free reign to amp up the zaniness. The art is colourful and dynamic and there are some cool pages at the back of the book that show a 'behind the scenes' look at creating a graphic book. The story skates just up to the edge of becoming too heavy as a 'message' book, but I think that clarity will help children to identify their own experiences within the story. It looks like this might be the first book in a Sketch Monsters series, so I will eagerly be keeping an eye out for new books.
I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Oni Press.
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Read it with:
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