The Hitchhiker by Tony LeeIm not a graphic novel reader, but I needed to sample this story for work (finding short stories for a school Book Club), and had heard from other librarians that this has been successfully used in their secondaries.
I would like to read the original short story by Horowitz, but I really enjoyed the adaptation. I cant comment if the text mirrors Horowitzs, but I found it cleverly done.
A boy and his parents come away from a day out, heavy rain begins and they pick up a hitch-hiker, one whom the boy immediately distrusts and soon comes to believe wants to kill him. What can he do to protect himself and his parents?
The graphic format works brilliantly here, colours of dark and wet road scenes intermingled with shots of the boys family, his dreams/nightmare visions of what the hitch-hiker might do to him.
Very creepy, though the twists (some them) are obvious, others arent, and for young readers, its going to be a gobsmacker at the end.
A little violent for primary school students, but 12+ will lap this up (they already love Horowitz Horror in my library) - its clever, not too long, nice and bloody (be warned!) but not graphic, and a very clever little tale that they will want to talk about after theyve finished.
My one gripe was that I found the text a little small, it could have been larger without detracting from the visuals and been more comfortable to read.
Enjoyed this very much, its a good read for a reluctant reader with plenty to interest them and stir up the imagination.
John Steinbeck's books depict a realistic and tender image of his childhood and life spent in "Steinbeck Country," the region around the city of Monterrey, California. The world-renowned novelist, playwright, essayist, and short-story writer was born in Salinas, California, in Growing up in a rural town, he spent his summers working on local ranches which exposed him to the harsh lives of migrant workers. These experiences would provide much of the inspiration for some of his most celebrated works such as " Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck published 30 books, including several that were well-respected by both critics and the public. Among those are "Tortilla Flat," about a charming group of layabouts who live near Monterey; " The Grapes of Wrath " about a farming family fleeing the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma for California during the Great Depression; and "Of Mice and Men," a story of two itinerant ranch hands struggling to survive.
John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. Steinbeck dropped out of college and worked as a manual laborer before achieving success as a writer. His works often dealt with social and economic issues. John Steinbeck wrote 31 books over the course of his career. Two poor migrant workers, George and Lennie, are working for the American dream in California during the Great Depression. Lennie, who has a mild mental disability, is steadfastly faithful to his friend George, but he has a habit of getting into trouble.
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Who Was John Steinbeck?
Over his writing career, Steinbeck wrote nearly 30 books, including several novels, non-fiction books and short story collections. But he wasn't always a working writer. Steinbeck studied English Literature at Stanford University, but left without graduating in He worked as a caretaker and a tour guide, and eventually ended up in the business of manufacturing plaster mannequins. Financially supported by his parents, Steinbeck was finally free to write.