The size of this book can be very intimidating to a young reader (445 pages), but once you open it and realise that it has three different adventures and that it is a graphic novel it becomes much less threatening and achievable. It would be a great way to encourage those young and capable readers, especially boys to give it a try. The topics of each story will also engage these reluctant readers as the friends discover an unknown comet, explore an extinct volcano and find their way through a castle maze. The way that each of the stories are introduced at the end of the previous story do make this a hard to put down text.
This would be a great model to use to encourage writers to turn their stories into comic strips and for the use of direct speech to tell a story.
Title: The Adventures of Anders
Author: Gregory Mackay
Illustrator: Gregory Mackay
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Format: paperback, Graphic Novel
Date of Publication: September 2019
Age range: Junior
Reviewer: Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence: Good morning, class. As you know, this is the last day of school.
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