Thursday, July 14, 2016

Graphic Novel Book Review: Red's Planet by Eddie Pittman

I received a free physical copy of this book for free from Amulet Books via Goodreads Giveaways and was encouraged but not required to write a review. This in no way affects my review. 

Title: Red's Planet
Author: Eddie Pittman
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: April 19, 2016 (first published 2010)
Genre: Middle-grade, Sci-fi, graphic novel
Pages: 192 
Source: Goodreads

Red, a quirky, headstrong 10-year-old, longs to live in her own perfect paradise far away from her annoying foster family. But when a UFO mistakenly kidnaps her, Red finds herself farther away than she could have possibly imagined --across the galaxy and aboard an enormous spaceship owned by the Aquilari, an ancient creature with a taste for rare and unusual treasures. Before Red can be discovered as a stowaway, the great ship crashes on a small deserted planet, leaving her marooned with a menagerie of misfit aliens. With her newfound friend, a small gray alien named Tawee, Red must find a way to survive the hostile castaways, evade the ravenous wildlife, and contend with Goose, the planet's grumpy felinoid custodian. Surely this can't be the paradise she's looking for.

My Thoughts: 
Red - who hates being called Red but is never introduced as anything else - hates her foster home. She wants nothing more than to run away and find somewhere better. As usual, she is caught and ends up in the back of the sheriff's classic police car. But before she can be taken back to Mrs. Foster, a UFO zooms by and abducts the car with her in it! She ends up on a huge space ship that crashes into a strange planet! 

This was a pretty fun read. There are plenty of interesting alien creatures and a plot that kept me intrigued. It's left open for possible sequels. 

The main character, Red, is easy to like with her snark and sarcasm. You don't really get to know any of the other characters real well but they are all pretty endearing anyway. 

The illustrations are fun and comical and are similar to that of the television show, Phineas and Ferb, which the author helped write and story board. I haven't seen that show so I cannot make that comparison myself but have seen it mentioned many times in other reviews. Also, my advanced reader copy was in black and white but the finished product will be in full color which I expect to give even more to the overall story. 

Goodreads states that this graphic novel was first published in 2011 and after searching the Red's Planet website I can't seem to find any information about any upcoming sequels. Hopefully now that it has been republished we might see some more of this series.

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