JumpStart Comic/Activity Book

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JumpStart Comic/Activity Book
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Publisher Name
Zenescope
Age Group
6+
Published Date
April 03, 2012
ISBN Number
0983040478
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From the award-winning educational software and kid-favorite gaming website Jumpstart.com, arrives the first-ever Graphic Novel from JumpStart and Knowledge Adventure! Come visit Windy Hallows and follow our group of adventurers: Logan, Maggie, Nicolas, Selena, and Poe as they arrive at Oakcrest School of Magic. There they discover that their teacher is absent, with a note that says, "Will be back soon. Read your lesson books and DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING!" Follow them as they venture into Windy Hallows and embark on a series of quests to undo a potion that went terribly wrong!

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3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
I was very interested to see what JumpStart (a name I've grown to trust for early educational games and software) would do with a comic book. The results are a mixed bag. On the one hand, the illustrations are beautiful and very engaging and the text flows smoothly, though because the wording rhymes some sentences are rather awkwardly arranged and would require explanation to a younger child or more inexperienced reader. The moral at the end of the story and the way the characters grow and change is admirable as well.


The detractions, in my opinion, are twofold. One the one hand, it's a story where a group of children get summoned to a school for wizards and an owl is a prominent character. I couldn't help but compare it immediately to Harry Potter. However, because this is aimed at a younger age group than the Harry Potter audience, perhaps this could dovetail nicely as a gateway to the HP series. The other aspect of this story that kept me from giving it a five star is that each character felt very stereotyped. The blonde girl is the beautiful, fashion-conscious brat until she learns her lesson. The less beautiful, boyish dressing brunette is the gamer girl. The boy in glasses is the smart nerd. And the handsome boy is the jock. In a book aimed at children, I would've appreciated seeing more diversity represented in both the ethnicities and the roles.

I did enjoy the story. I liked the action and the character arcs. If I chose to share this with my children, I would simply have a discussion with them about the lack of diversity and the stereotypes and use it as a teaching tool.
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