Friday, May 4, 2012

Oddly Normal, Volume 1

Oddly Normal, Volume 1
Otis Frampton
Viper Comics, 2006
$11.95, Paperback
February 15th, 2012

Genre: Fantasy, School Story
Age: 10+
Description: Oddly Normal is everything but normal. She’s an outcast at school with a witch for a mother and a human for a father (which resulted in her pointy ears and bright green hair) and she is ignored by her parents. On her 10th birthday she makes a wish that they would just disappear—and they do. Good thing her Great Aunt hadn’t arrived for the party yet or else Oddly would be homeless. Auntie takes her to Fignation—the world her mother comes from—where they try to determine what happened to Oddly’s parents and if Oddly might have some supernatural powers she didn’t know about.
Opinion: Oddly is a girl many can relate too—she’s weird, she has no friends, her parents ignore her. Going to Fignation she gets the same thing—all the weird creatures there are normal and she’s the odd half-human! Luckily, she makes a few friends which readers will enjoy meeting since they play on classic monster types. Readers who enjoy mysteries will like trying to figure out what connection Oddly’s new literature professor has to her mother and her parents’ disappearance. Awards: ALA Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth 2006

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