I perused Booklist’s Top Ten Humorous Novels for Youth: 2016 the other day and marked a few books I must read. Pugs of the Frozen North (a not so impossible tale) by Philip Reeve was one of them. Who can resist that title? And for the most part Pugs of the Frozen North did not disappoint.
It’s not as funny as I was hoping (I am also not the target audience), but the creative characters, unique plot (I especially enjoyed the different kinds of snow), and engaging illustrations made up for it.
However, I did find the pictures/color/font choice difficult sometimes, but I think that’s due more to me putting off a visit to the eye doctor.
Overall, I can totally picture my brother as a 9 year old loving this book. He loved the Captain Underpants books at that age too.
The other book I picked up after finding this list was Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy written by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke A. Allen. I really enjoyed the Girl Power message in Lumberjanes and found myself laughing at almost everything Ripley did or said.
However, I found the plot line confusing. Maybe it’s my lack of graphic novel experience, but I found myself flipping back pages for plot and character refreshment.
In the end, I’m glad I read it, as I need more graphic novels in my repertoire, but I don’t feel the need to read the rest of the Lumberjane installments.