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ARC Review – Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal

23167725Title: Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1

Author: Eric Colossal

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: A fantasy graphic novel series follows an “adventure chef” named Rutabaga, who travels to a fantasy land to find bizarre ingredients to cook in his enchanted cauldron. The books will include pages straight out of Rutabaga’s cookbooks, with recipes that readers can make at home.


Huge thank you to Amulet Books and Netgalley for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

Wow! This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel. It’s about an adventuring chef, named Rutabaga and his wacky cooking adventures! I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this, but my husband also read a galley of this and basically shook me on the spot to read it.

And I’m glad I did. These characters are insanely quirky, and I adore that Rutabaga has no problem speaking his mind when food is awful. In fact, the whole cook-off against the old man chef? Kinda brilliant. Especially when you learn the secret of what is really in his food. There’s so much charm and whimsy in this book, and I found myself smiling and laughing a lot. Rutabaga’s antics are plenty, but it’s all in the name of good food!

If you have a young reader or a middle grader who loves comedic fantasy, this is a great addition to their library. If you’re an adult who just loves a charming graphic novel (like myself), then this book is right up your alley. Plus, there’s recipes!

ARC Review – Sleepless Knight by James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold

21469048Title:  Sleepless Knight

Author: James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: The Knight can’t wait for her first camping trip! She and her horse Edward pack everything they need — including her beloved Teddy – and head out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found!  A helpful racoon thinks this “Teddy” sounds familiar, and sends the Knight off to a cave… but that’s no teddy bear in that cave. That’s a bear!  In this sweet, simple adventure, basic comics elements combine with the picture book format to create a picture book for the youngest of comics readers, and a fantastic introduction into the world of Adventures in Cartooning.

Huge thank you to First Second and Netgalley for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

<i>Huge thank you to First Second and Netgalley for this ARC!</i>

Oh my goodness, THIS BOOK. What a charming, fluffy, cute adventure about needing something or someone to cuddle. Knight has misplaced his teddy bear and he needs his friend’s help to find him. This book reminded me of my childhood when I read it simply because I was totally one of those kids who had favourite plushies that needed to be RIGHT BESIDE ME before bed or I’d lose my cool and not sleep. In fact, I was the kid who slept with twenty plushies and said good night to each individually, likely driving my mother crazy.

But seriously, this book is sweet, and the dialogue and artwork completely suit the tone of the book. The characters have a great sense of humor! It’s surprisingly funny! Also I love the idea of <i>Adventures in Cartooning</i> as it actually shows the reader how to draw the characters in the story. I think kids would absolutely love that idea!

It’s too bad you’ll all have to wait until 2015 to check this book out, because I think it’ll definitely be a hit with the younger to middle grade readers, especially for the activities included within the story. Definitely an easy book to recommend, even for a reluctant reader.