Meanwhile

 
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Meanwhile
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Age Range
8+
Release Date
March 01, 2010
ISBN
978-0810984233
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Celebrate 10 years of this completely original graphic novel take on a “choose your own adventure.” A boy stumbles upon the lab of a mad scientist who asks him to choose between testing a mind-reading device, a time machine, and a doomsday machine. Using an ingenious system of tubes and tabs, readers can decide what to explore in this completely engrossing experiment in storytelling. Sometimes the page reads right to left, sometimes up and down, and sometimes jumps from beginning to end. It’s sure to appeal to kids—and comics collectors—eager for an interactive, funny read.

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Interactive and Unique
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
'Meanwhile' by Jason Shiga is a graphic novel adventure that will remind readers of the types of books in which you can choose your own adventure. The book has 3,856 story possibilities. The way it is laid out is quite unique, in that you have to follow a thin tube from page to page as you engage with the story. There are times when, even though you have already chosen a path, you get to choose again, when the tube splits off in different directions.

The book starts out by asking a simple question: chocolate or vanilla? This seemingly trivial question leads to overly complicated scenarios, as the character in the story is led by the reader through tasks that will hopefully keep humankind from being destroyed. There is the opportunity to test a time machine, worry about a doomsday device, investigate a lab, meet a mad scientist, and more.

While the tubes make the story interesting, they also make it seemingly harder for readers to make sure they are on the correct page. It is best to use one's finger to follow the tubes to ensure that the wrong path is not taken.

For readers interested in something different, unique, and marching to its own drummer (in a good way), 'Meanwhile' is the right book to check out. It will certainly keep readers on their toes.
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For readers interested in something different, unique, and marching to its own drummer (in a good way), 'Meanwhile' is the right book to check out. It will certainly keep readers on their toes.
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