Monday, November 2, 2009

Graphic Novel Monday: Glister 1: Glister and The Haunted Teapot, by Andi Watson

Glister volume 1 : Glister and the Haunted Teapot, by Andi Watson. Published August 2007 by Image Comics. Paperback.

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In this all-ages comic by artist/writer Andi Watson young Glister Butterworth finds a teapot haunted by the spirit of a deceased writer who wants her to help him complete his last novel. Fearing that this task will take the rest of her natural life, Glister goes on a quest to rid herself of the troublesome crockery- but she finds something quite delightful instead, something that she doesn't quite expect.

The first in a three-part series, Glister is characterized by simple, fun black and white artwork, a charming old-English setting and a simple story perfect for anyone looking for a sweet, light read. Glister would be a particularly good choice for girls, what with the plucky, initiative-taking heroine and the surprise at the end. It's clean as a whistle and fine for kids of all ages. I'm finding myself becoming a fan of Watson's, whose grown-up book Paris I've also reviewed. He writes about girls and women with empathy and a nice light touch. It's a great one to borrow from your local library (or buy) and share with your little one.

Rating: BUY

FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review from the publisher.