Travels of Thelonious: The Fog Mound
Interesting and enjoyable. It was a stretch for me because of the graphic format but I wanted to read it to be able to recommend it to students. And I will certainly recommend it. The rating I gave it was one from me as an adult but I know several students who will become faithful readers of this series. They will happily give it a five I believe.
This book is told in a graphic book format along with regular pages of words. I liked that. Too much comic book style just tires me out. I like the flow of words and sentences and paragraphs. This graphic novel did not have too much comic book style for me. But, the text is not too much for those who find reading a chore. It will be just right for those reluctant readers who ask for short books. I can show them the comic book pages and the very little text and it will hook them! The illustrations told much of the story and make the reader aware of things not told in the pages of text.
The setting is somewhere (hopefully a long time from now) when humans no longer inhabit the earth. Some animals can talk and even learn to read. Thelonious is a chipmunk who gets carried away from home by a flood. He ends up making friends with a porcupine who lives in a bookstore and a female bear who built and flew an airplane. Their goal is to get the bear back to Fog Mound. Of course, there are those with evil intent who want them stopped.
I cant wait to get this one into the hands of the students and I can almost bet they will be sending me back for the next two in the series.
Find out about the next books on the authors website. www.bullersooz.com
Thelonious is a Chipmunk who longs to see the fabled Forgotten City left by the Human Beings who disappeared many years ago. When a storm uproots his tree home, he might just end up getting his wish! The most interesting thing about this book is that it is told in writing and comics in turn for each chapter. I think it was a great combination of the two, even if the illustrations werent that great. The story was okay, but the book was worth it to read just to experience this unique format.