Propaganda – Children’s Comics Special With Guest Reviewer: Molly (age 7)
Welcome again to the Propaganda Reviews. My name’s Richard and up until recently I did Propaganda at Nostalgia & Comics Birmingham. But relocation and an unwillingness to commute 131 miles for a Saturday job means I’m now doing them here.
Something different from my usual ravings this time. A little while ago my 7 year old daughter asked why I was writing about comics and decided that she to wanted to write some reviews of comics that she loves.
I’ve blogged many times over at Fictions about the problems of finding wonderful comics for young children, so it’s with great pleasure and no small amount of pride that I hand you over to Molly:
Written & Drawn by Andy Runton
I think Owly is very good for little children to read because the Owl and the Worm speak to each other, but not with words, just pictures. I think little children can understand it because you can make up the story as you read the pictures. The writer is very clever because he tells the story really well with just pictures.
Owly is my favourite character because he is cuddly and pretty. I think he’s funny and I make up a lovely, funny voice for him when I’m reading the story.
I think it’s a good story for boys and girls because it isn’t superhero madness for boys and it isn’t fashion madness for girls, it’s in between and good for both.
(Owly, as drawn by Molly Bruton)
By Matt Groening and various writers/artists
I like the Big Book of Bart Simpson because it is very funny, exciting, silly and mad.
I like watching the Simpsons but the comic is different and has lots of stories that I’ve not seen before. The artwork is just like the TV and is very good and very easy to read. But Homer doesn’t say D’oh enough.
I read it in lots of different voices and there are lots of different stories in it so I could read one a night to myself.
By Bill Watterson
I think that it’s really good because Hobbes is really cuddly and Calvin is very silly.
Calvin is a little boy and Hobbes is a teddy-tiger. Calvin thinks that Hobbes is a real tiger and blames Hobbes for all sorts of funny and naughty things.
I think that’s it’s really good because all of the characters are funny. My favourite jokes were the ones where Calvin makes funny snowmen. In Snow Goons, Calvin has built one snow monster and thinks the monster is alive and makes more and more monsters which are trying to kill him. But it’s really Calvin making them all. Maybe Calvin’s a bit mad? It’s funny, silly and brilliant.
Written by Neil Gaiman & Illustrated by Dave McKean
What this is about is a boy and his little sister. The boy swaps his Dad for two goldfish with his friend Nathan. He tells Nathan that his Dad can swim like a goldfish but Dad actually can’t. When mom comes home the boy’s little sister tells on him and says that he swapped dad for two goldfish.
Mom is not happy at all and tells the boy and his sister to get dad back. Then they go round to Nathan’s house for their dad but Nathan has swapped their dad for something else. They go to everyone’s house whose swapped their dad on until they find him in a rabbit hutch.
This is a really cool book with funny people and the way they thought of swapping their dad for the stuff is really funny. It’s not really a comic but it’s like one and it has words in instead of speech bubbles and it doesn’t have the comic boxes. The art is pretty and funny and cool.
All reviews written by Molly Bruton, age 7 years and 8 months.
May I also suggest some other books that Molly and I have enjoyed together:
Wolves in the Walls (Neil Gaiman / Dave McKean)
The Little Endless Storybook (Jill Thompson)
Herobear & The Kid (Mike Kunkel)
Scary Godmother (Jill Thompson)
And then some that I’ve got on a mental list to read with her in the future:
Leave It To Chance (James Robinson / Paul Smith)
Alison Dare (J Torres / J Bone)
Bone (Jeff Smith)
Peanuts (Charles Schultz)
Asterix (Goscinney / Uderzo)
Tales of the Beanworld (Larry Marder)
Wonderful Wizard of Oz (David Chauvel / Enrique Fernandez) (that one is too good for little kids alone, some of us big kids really loved it too! – Joe)
Of course, if you’ve got any suggestions, please share them in the comments…..