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Over the Wall

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl searches for brother in exciting fantasy graphic novel.

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OVER THE WALL, a graphic novel debut by Peter Wartman, is an exciting fantasy adventure kids will really enjoy. The pen-and-ink illustrations create an eerie, moody atmosphere that contrasts nicely with the engaging heroine Anya's pluck. Wartman is particularly skilled at conveying emotion without words in Anya's expressive face, which makes her easy for kids to relate to, and at economically conveying a rich, fully realized fantasy world.

There's not much text here, so kids who love lingering over the illustrations will get the most out of it. But Anya and Toris, the helpful demon, share some funny dialogue, too. The end is rather abrupt, and the reader's left feeling a bit unsatisfied. Even though the plot's resolved, a lot of questions are left to the imagination. A sequel is in the works.

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