Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The City on the Other Side

The City on the Other Side
by Scott Mairghread
illustrated by Robin Robinson
First Second, 2018. Comics. 209 p.
Isabel is a poor rich girl.  Her socialite mother has little time for her.  Her artist father is kindhearted, but doesn't know how to act around children, so Isabel is left to herself much of the time. One day she finds an injured fairy in the woods near her father's cabin. Thus Isabel is sucked into the fairy world and is caught up in the war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts. With the help of a mushroom spirit and a human boy named Benjie, Isabel seeks to heal both the fairy world and her own.

This is an exciting new fantasy comic after the style of Amulet.  Both Isabel and Benjie are sympathetic characters, the story is interesting, and the action is fast paced. Robinson's handsome full color illustrations carry the story beautifully and are par with some of the best graphic novels out there for children. This is a great choice for kids who are picky graphic fantasy consumers.

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