The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne; publisher PaperCutz/Super Genius on July 18, 2017.
Here's what I told the publisher... "Highly dependent on knowledge of the original Peter Pan story, but made quite relevant to today's teenage experience. Multi-layered nuances will make for deeper exploration than this story could be told in just words. Sometimes over-exaggerates the "clueless adult" stereotype."
Familiar enough with the Peter Pan story, I got through this graphic novel unscathed. However, I'd like a couple of more read-throughs to get to the bottom of a few parallels...
- Peter Pan and Mr. Peters
- Tinkerbell and Jenny Wren
- Captain Hook and the police
- The innuendo of the Lost Boys
- Any connection with the rock-throwing kids
I would also like to explore the use of color, where it was or wasn't used, as well as which colors were used when and why.
The reader roots for Wendy, partially because the adults have been stereotyped as clueless, inflexible, and distracted. But there were also many times where I thought to myself, "That's EXACTLY what a teenager would think!" This made Wendy's story fantastically realistic (fantastical realism).
Little things made this a fun visual read, such as the onomatopoeia of the siren sound and the gestures of our first encounter with the police.
In spite of all of these avenues to explore in this brief but compelling story, I'm still not sure to whom I would recommend this book. It's multi-leveled layers make it as easy or difficult as a reader chooses to make it, but I'm not sure who that reader might be... fairytale readers? graphic novel readers? fantasy readers? I'll try 'em all and see what sticks.