Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's a choose-your-own adventure comic book - and even cooler than it sounds, if such a thing is possible.
I have to admit, if I saw Meanwhile in the bookstore, I would have picked it up, not understood it, and walked out without buying it...and my son would have missed out on this great reading experience. Not only did he really enjoy this book, but it has opened him up to comic books and graphic novels - something he had no interest in before!
The story is hysterical, the pages feel really neat to the touch (you'll see what I mean), and the artwork is colorful and engaging.
The Kid's Review:
My favorite part of the book was when Jimmy saw him self from ten minutes ago in the bathroom and threw a book at him. I recommend this book to my friends because it's funny and action-packed.
"Meanwhile" begins as our young hero in dire need of a bathroom, knocks on the door of a mysterious recluse. His mansion is in fact a wonderous laboratory filled with amazing inventions: A mind reading helmet, a doomsday device and a time travel machine (although it can only go back ten minutes).
Which invention will young Jimmy play with? YOU, the reader get to decide in my branchiest and most complex interactive comic to date. "Meanwhile" works via a network of tubes connecting each panel to the next. Sometimes these tubes split in two giving the readers a choice of which path they would like to follow. Sometimes these tubes even lead off the page and onto tabs sticking out from other parts of the book.
Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher - and they aren't getting it back. :) Many thanks to the genius people at Amulet/Abrams for sending us this book!
Author interview video (includes a "how to read this book" demonstration - my son didn't need instructions, he figured it out. Me? I needed the video.)
Time article on Jason Shiga
Fleep, the collected comics
About the Book:
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books (March 1, 2010)
About the Author:
(Pictured below with the "matrix" for Meanwhile)
Jason Shiga won the Eisner award in 2003 for “talent deserving of wider recognition.” In 2008, his graphic novel Bookhunter was also nominated for an Eisner. He lives in Oakland, California.