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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Funny, creepy tale of elf and goblin's uneasy friendship.

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Author M.T. Anderson and illustrator Eugene Yelchin deliver a tour-de-force tale of friendship between a self-important elf and a kindly goblin, imperiled by cultural differences and evil plots. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge switches up narrative viewpoints as the storytelling veers between text and graphic installments, with plenty of opportunities to observe how different people can see the same events completely differently -- and perhaps figure out ways to develop a shared perspective. Along the way, there's a lot of comical gore, and lots of opportunities to observe how fear distorts your perspective, and how things get weird fast if you misunderstand cultural differences.

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