I love a good mystery book, a page turner, one that you need to finish in one sitting just so you know what happens! The Inkberg Enigma is exactly that! Loads of action, mystery and intrigue along with a bit of comedy, and readers will find it hard to put down.
The graphics have a classic comic book feel, with a muted colour palette creating a mysterious atmosphere. Flashbacks to events in the past are in black and white and are drawn with finer details, more expression and depth, I loved the contrast.
The main character Miro is lost in a world of books and as the story progresses, we see him grow and become braver, an unassuming hero, helped out along the way with some smart thinking from his new friend Zia. The ending hints that there might be more to come from Miro and Zia, I do hope so.
Lovers of graphic novels will devour it in a single sitting, but I think it has a wider appeal, readers who love mystery and action, even readers who do not normally reach for graphic novels, like me!
Title: The Inkberg Enigma
Author: Jonathan King
Illustrator: Jonathan King
Publisher: Gecko Press
Date of Publication: May 2020
Ages: 8-12 (Although I am well outside this age range and enjoyed it!)
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? No
Reviewer: Louana McCormack, Librarian, Opaheke School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? OK - I’m leaving now.
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