Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10 Little Insects

10 Little Insects
Davide Cali and Vincent Pianina
$N/A, Hardcover
Wilkins Fargo Pty Ltd., 2013

Genre: Graphic Novel, Humor

Age: 9+

Description: Ten very different insects—including a stick insect known for his, well, impressions of a stick, a detective with a three-week old larva sidekick, a praying mantis who is deadly with a drink cart, and a fly who is just hanging around for the dung—are all invited to a mysterious house on a secluded island for the weekend. What these insects don’t know is that someone on the island has gathered them there to kill them off one by one! Can the detective solve the crime before everyone winds up dead?   

Opinion: First of all, let me say that I am so disappointed that this inventive French (I believe) graphic novel, published in English in May, is already out of print! Nooooo! I pre-ordered this graphic novel (while expensive) based solely on the fact that it is a hilarious take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (also known originally as Ten Little Indians). I love Christie so I thought a spoof with insects would be interesting. The book is a large format and the art and layout reminds me of the Richard Scarry books. There is lots to look at one the pages besides reading the story which is always nice—gives it added depth. If it comes back into print, I recommend it as a graphic novel for all ages.

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