Kim, Derek and Illustrated by McClaine, Les Still Life (Tune #2) 208 pgs. First Second, 2013. $9.99 Content: Language: PG (0 swears); Mature Content: R Violence: G. GRAPHIC NOVEL
The continuing story of Andy, a twenty something who has gotten himself into an unusual situation. He has signed a binding contract to be an exhibit in a zoo, on an alien planet. This was an ideal job for Andy as he has trouble with ambition and motivation. The problem is that Andy didn’t read the fine print, and he is stuck forever in the zoo exhibit. He finds an ally, makes friends with a native, and is joined by the girl of his dreams that is all wrong.
I actually really liked this story and it can function as a read-alone. But I really think that high schoolers will have trouble relating to this story: the free-fall that occurs after high school, when self-motivation is required over pushing parents and legally required school attendance. The artwork is great! There is some imagery and a lot of potty humor that would make it inappropriate for a school library. This would be a great addition to a public library collection though.
HS –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.