I went to a mini book convention that took place on my college campus. I got a book called Journey there as well. I finally got around to reading this one after having a dry spell with graphic novels.
My favorite part of this book was the illustrations. I'm not sure how to describe what they're like, so here are a few examples (click the pictures for larger views):
It's like a cross between a photograph and fantasy. I'm not sure if I can explain it better than that. No matter what the explanation is, I really like the style.
But there's still a story to be told alongside these images. I think the story has potential, but it wasn't executed as well as it could have been. I don't think, any way. The overall story is an intriguing one. I like the idea of a tape recorder being left in the floor filled with clues. I like the idea of small animals and insects being the go-between for humans and this magical land. What I didn't like was how there were a few parts that took me by complete surprise. Like, there was no lead-up to what would happen next. I was in the control of the author and I didn't like that. When it comes to books, I want a chance to be able to figure out what happens next. There were no clues as to who this tree guy was that kept popping up randomly. I would have read a longer graphic novel if it meant that those loose ends could be tied up a little more.
That being said, I'll be keeping my copy mainly for the illustrations and also for the rare gold nugget in the story itself.
I give 'The Lost Boy':
Thanks for Reading!