Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mystery of the Map (Poptropica #1)

Mystery of the Map (Poptropica #1)
author: Jack Chabert
name: Wayne
average rating: 3.39
book published:
rating: 4
read at: 2016/03/02
date added: 2016/03/02
shelves: children-s, graphic-novels
'Poptropica #1: Mystery of the Map' by Jack Chabert art by Kory Merritt started life as a concept by Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney. It's a cute adventure concept and I think young readers will find it funny and engaging.

The story starts with Oliver, Mya, and Jorge taking a ride in a hot air balloon. What they don't know is that their pilot has an agenda. When the balloon lands on a strange island, the kids find themselves surrounded by extinct animals, like dodos, and a group of cranky Vikings. They are in possession of a strange map that seems to also act as a sort of e-ink device. With balloon operator Octavian chasing them for the map, and the Vikings chasing them because they are Vikings, can the kids escape and find their way home?

The story is cute with the kind of potty humor you find in kid's books these days, but it seems like harmless fun. The illustrations by Kory Merritt are bright and cartoony. The characters all support giant heads that can't possibly be supported by their (mostly) spindly bodies. The character design reminds me a bit of a classic Nickolodeon cartoon. There is a map of the island at the beginning of the book, and I'm a sucker for maps in books. The story is goofy and kid friendly. My only complaint might be the way the story starts. We don't know who the kids in the other balloon are or why everyone is going on a balloon trip. The story just starts here for no explained reason.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from ABRAMS Kids, Amulet Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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