- Publisher: Toon Books
- Format: Hardback | 82 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 13mm | 363g
- Publication date: 8 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1935179187
- ISBN 13: 9781935179184
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 263,090
In a magical world unlike any you've seen before . . . When Leah and Alan awaken in an enchanted forest, they have only each other and their wits to guide them. In a world of pet bees and giant rabbits, they befriend foppish lions and stone frogs, learning to confront danger as they find both their own independence and the way home. Newcomer David Nytra's breathtaking pictures break the boundaries of imagination, sending the reader on a wild flight of fantasy while experiencing the most universal of stories: growing up.
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David Nytra has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. An artist who works in many media, including clay, wood, and animation, he lives in the small town of 100 Mile House, in British Columbia, Canada. This is his first children's book. Though his own dreams are often unexciting and he's only a little bit allergic to bees, he loved books with many creatures in them as a child and he hopes he has put enough critters in here to satisfy even the most demanding reader.
By Nicola Mansfield 17 Dec 2012
Reason for Reading: We were very excited about Toon Book's first full length graphic novel. Ds read aloud to me as his reader.
A wonderful, whimsical fantasy that ds and I both enjoyed tremendously. The illustrations are gorgeous and have an old-fashioned feel to them. The story, together with the illustrations, presents a fantastical tale that reminds one of "Alice in Wonderland" with its nonsensical and surreal elements. My son was fascinated with the story mostly, sometimes skipping over wordless panels. I'd have to make him go back and look at the pictures to see that they told a story too, that the words were not always referring to, as is with graphic novels. He just loved the ending which kept you wondering whether it was real or a dream, as he had determined it was all a dream close to the end. Myself, I was taken with the artwork which is exquisite and intricate. The fantastical is pure enjoyment and one never knows what will appear on the next page. My favourite, I think, is the scene of the buildings come to life. A caveat though, I do think that some people, perhaps those enjoying the Toon Books as early readers and not exactly fans of graphic novels and the fantasy genre itself, may not like this book as it is an extreme in the absurd. However, we were delighted! This one is a keeper for our shelves!
The intricate flowerings and soulfully etched forest backgrounds of the art make the black-and-white pages sing as though they were drawn in a rainbow of colors...To stick the landing, Nytra's serene ending manages to be worthy of its glorious beginning. His cavalcade of dreamscapes is a rich and beguiling experience that deserves multiple immersions. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) Winsor McKay was a comics pioneer whose early experimentation with the form nearly predated the form itself. McKay's spirit, along with his dream-inspired imagery, lives on through Nytra, whose remarkable debut taps into the same unearthly environment with a similarly enchanting effect. . . .The extraordinarily delicate and fine-lined art incorporates touches of manga aesthetic so that, like the story itself, it merges timeless narrative elements to craft something wonderfully innovative. TOON took a chance on a brand-new talent to create the first of their ever-so-slightly more mature graphic novel line and it's paid off with a smashing success. --Booklist (starred review)