Children’s Book Review: Review: Neverlanders

Graphic novel fans… I have some gold for you!

If you like graphic novels, neverlanders is an absolute must read. From BAFTA-nominated, award-winning author/screenwriter Tom Taylor and comic book artist Jon Sommariva, neverlanders is the bee’s knee when it comes to new graphic novels in the children’s scene.

It tells the story of the street kid Bee (pun intended!). Bee and his friends (who also live on the streets) are navigating a cruel world, where food is scarce and adults can’t be trusted. They stick together. They take care of each other and when they meet Paco they invite him to share what little they have.

But Paco has a secret. He is not of this world. And he desperately needs his help.

Paco is from Neverland, but it’s not the Neverland you might be familiar with. In this Never Land, pirates are about to destroy everything. The fairies, the mermaids and Paco are doing their best to protect him, but they are losing the fight. Peter Pan is gone, and things seem hopeless. Until Bee and his friends step in to help.

Wow, this is one rollercoaster read. There are so many twists in this book. Surprising and impressive twists that will blow your mind. It is immersive, engaging and addictive. It’s non-stop action throughout, but cleverly layered with character development throughout, so you really become one with Bee and her crew. You will want to join them. You want to be them.

Sommariva’s illustrations are magnificent. They are beyond worthy frames. They are works of art. And from a child’s perspective, they’re bright, colorful and action-packed.

There is some violence in this novel, some weapons, some blood and some epic battle scenes, but no more than a PG movie. It’s definitely a book kids WANT to read, and it’s great for reluctant readers with full color illustrations that fill every page in graphic novel style.

If you love graphic novels (regardless of your age), I highly recommend checking out neverlanders. And if you’re trying to get a reluctant reader to open a book, this might be the ticket!

Title: neverlanders
Author: tom taylor
Illustrator: Jon Sommariva
Editor: Penguin, $22.99
Publication date: September 20, 2022
Format: Pocket book
ISBN: 9781761049071
By ages: 7+
Write: Graphic novel

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