Book review by Aarene Storms: Ghostopolis

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By Aarene Storms, Youth Services Librarian, Richmond Beach Library, KCLS

"Ghostopolis"  by Doug TenNapel
Garth Hale has been diagnosed with a fatal disease, but he's not ready to die yet. However, when a horse skeleton gallops through his bedroom one night, Garth grabs it and accidently gets zapped into the afterlife, where he and his friends (some living, some not-so-living) pit themselves against the evil Lord Vaugner of Ghostopolis.

Quirky narration, with some tiny funny sub-plots and lots of energetic artwork. 

Give this graphic novel to readers who enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book, or to viewers who enjoyed Tim Burton's film The Corpse Bride. 

No sex or drugs or cussing, but plenty of dead stuff.

Ages 10 to adult.
The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern


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