10 comments on “My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris | Book Review

  1. Did the narrator feel like a believable ten-year-old? Or, is she not the narrator, but the main character? I ask because I have a niece who just turned ten, so now that is an age I can actually imagine in my head! Oftentimes, I have no idea what a child narrator should sound like. I know Jonathan Safran Foer got a lot of grief for his Oscar in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

    • She’s the narrator, as the book is presented as though it’s her diary/sketch book. She came across as very believable to me, as there’s a naivety and a whimsy to her view of the world, without ever feeling dumbed down. An inauthentic child narrator is a big pet peeve of mine, and always stands out like a sore thumb, so the fact that I never felt jolted out of the story by the narration is hopefully a good sign! 🙂

  2. Ooh, this sounds really intriguing, but I do get impatient with the fact that a lot of graphic novels seem to be part of series. Have you read Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld? It’s also a graphic novel with a child narrator, but a stand-alone – I really enjoyed it.

    • I haven’t, but I’ve heard lots of good things about it, and I do love a stand-alone too! Thankfully this is only a two-part story, so we won’t have to commit to lots of volumes – like with some series! They’re also a lot bigger than the average graphic novel, so at least it’s a decent bang for your buck.

  3. Interesting…it’s hard to imagine all this from a ten-year-old. Does it feel believable? I wasn’t the sort of ten-year-old who went around solving murders but it sounds like a fascinating premise. The fact you’re willing to read volume two is definitely a good sign!

    • There’s definitely a naivety and a charm to her view of the world that feels very childlike. Without being told her age, I’d probably have put her at around 12, so I definitely found her narration believable overall. Her voice shines through distinctly, and coupled with the immersive artwork, I was able to totally submit myself to the story. I’m excited to see how things wrap up in volume two!

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