A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nimona is based on an award-winning Web comic and tells the story of a shape-shifting girl who wants to be the sidekick of a supervillain. Set in a fantasy world full of knights, witches, and dragons, the story is action-packed and frequently funny, with a strong-willed female protagonist who isn't afraid of speaking her mind. Violent scenes are generally cartoonish and not likely to disturb sensitive readers. There is little sexual content or substance use, and potentially strong language is limited to "dammit," "damn," "hell," "crap," and "pissed." Nimona is also available as an audiobook.
- Parents say
- Kids say
I thought this book was so good, I read it in 1 night! Although, I didn't think I would enjoy the book because I've never really been into fairy tales, but this one changed my perspective and taste in graphic novels. I absolutely loved everything but the ending. I felt that the end wasn't the excited ending that I was hoping for, but I won't spoil! I definitely recommend this book to read.
What's the story?
Shape-shifting Nimona wants nothing more than to be the faithful and adventurous sidekick of supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart. She's full of bold ideas, but most of them involve numerous casualties. Blackheart wants Nimona to be a bit less rash and bloodthirsty, and they develop a plan to discredit Blackheart's nemesis, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, and the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics. In doing so, they learn what it means to be a hero and what kind of legacy they want to leave behind.
Is it any good?
It's hard to resist the brash audacity of the title character of this well-constructed, fast-moving, funny, and touching fantasy. Nimona is the first to rush off to battle in the name of supervillainy, but there are times when it's better for her to be more discreet. With a loose drawing style that facilitates both big action sequences and quieter character interactions, writer/illustrator Noelle Stevenson knows how to construct and execute each scene for maximum humor, even when the story takes a more serious turn. Nimona is a dazzling debut, a graphic novel to be savored by young and old alike.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of graphic novels and comics. What kinds of stories are best suited for the medium?
How do people decide whether someone is a hero or a villain? Is it possible to fit both roles at the same time?
How can you repair a broken friendship? What makes for a good apology?
- Author: Noelle Stevenson
- Illustrator: Noelle Stevenson
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: May 12, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 272
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: March 25, 2019
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