Book Voyages is a blog about children's literature from the point of view of a school library/media specialist. It features reviews of books as well as interview with authors and school uses for books.
March 5, 2012
Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner and Mike Dubisch
Did YOU know there were graphic novel versions of the Boxcar Children series? Neither did I! Surprise Island is the second in this venerable series and this version details a summer the Alden children spend on a private island, finding a couple of mysteries to solve. Unfortunately, it seems to me that a lot of detail is missing from this version of the story, but that's probably because I remember reading the books. Unlike most other graphic novels, this book features nice children solving mysteries. The pictures make a good fit for the story. I enjoyed the story, even though I missed some of the details of the book. This series of graphic novels will hopefully bring new life to this wonderful series by making it accessible for a whole new set of readers. Review based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.