The experience of reading a graphic novel is very different to that of reading a text-based one, but I think it is well worth exploring this genre. The illustrations add a different dimension to everything and allow a humorous undercurrent to develop next to the serious subject matter.
Everything is Teeth and The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil share many characteristics and I think anyone who enjoys one will appreciate the other.
Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld, Illustrated by Joe Sumner
Evie Wyld is most famous for her beautifully written fiction, but in this book she heads in a completely different direction – explaining why her childhood was filled with a fear of sharks.
The book is beautifully illustrated throughout; showing how her summers spent in Australia influenced her life back in England.
The book contained many interesting facts about sharks and shark attacks, but I especially loved seeing the world through a child’s eyes. There was a fabulous innocence and a refreshing honesty that I much admired. The illustrations allowed her imagination to come alive in a way that wouldn’t be possible with text alone and some of the images of sharks lurking in every day situations were particularly creepy.
I read this book in less than an hour, but still remember it vividly many months after completing it. Recommended to anyone without a fear for sharks!
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil heads in a very different direction. It is an adult fairy tale revolving around Dave, a man with a beard that wont stop growing.
There was a comic element to the situation, but I loved the way the story developed to give a strong moral message.
The battle between the neat and tidy town of ‘Here’ and the chaotic wilderness of the surrounding ‘There’ was amusing to witness. It was all completely bonkers, but there was a worrying element of truth running beneath the surface.
I recommend this book to anyone looking for something light-hearted to distract them for a few hours.