(5 / 5) – It Completes Me!
Graphic novels and especially graphic novels in the young reader and young adult arenas have made a splash in the last few years. Their art, storytelling and accessibility to readers at all levels have made them a fast favorite for parents and teachers alike.
One of the many things I appreciate about this influx of writers and content in the graphic novel arena is the depth of emotional awareness and wrestling the characters are allowed to engage. In Trung Le Nguyen’s “The Magic Fish” we meet a young man in the repressive yet highly emotional middle school years of life. As he tries to understand his own self, hopes and dreams there is an authentic honesty that grips the reader and carries them through the waves of this story.
Le Nguyen’s art enhances his written narrative beautifully and the art itself is spectacular. There is a simplicity of color juxtaposed against a complexity of line work, particularly in the fairy tale portions of the story and a subtlety in the characters’ expressions that lends itself to getting lost in the art.
Between the art and the subject matter of this graphic novel, you cannot go wrong with taking an hour or two and giving it a read. It would also be a great one to have your shelf for all ages to pull down and explore.