Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Doppleganger Chronicles: The Great Mogul Diamond by GP Taylor

As a blogger for Tyndale publishers I had the opportunity to review the 3rd book of the graphic kids' series, The Doppleganger Chronicles: The Great Mogul Diamond by G. P. Taylor. My 10 year old Rose, really likes this series, and basically read each book non stop until completeion. Although this is #3 in a trilogy, each book can be read independantly.  This new junior novel series represents the new and popular genre of graphic novels- a hybrid between a full color comic book format and text novel. The ecclectic mix of comic book style cartoon art, illustrations as well paragraphs of text make this book visially appealing as well capturing the interest of the reader. For anyone who enjoys comic books, and graphic novels- I would suggest this book- especially for those who enjoyed the first book in the series.

The Doppleganger Chronicles series, Doppleganger takes its name from a hybrid mix of the twin heros last name Dopple, and their sidekick's last name Ganger. Although marketed to appeal to ADHD/ short attention spanned readers, my ten year old- and A student who enjoys reading enjoyed this book. My five year old enjoyed listening to having this book read to him, although he found the pictures a bit spooky. The artwork is very impressive. The gothic styled artwork and cartoons are unique for a children's book, and will draw in older readers as well as younger readers. The vivid descriptive details such as when "Erik waded through the waist-high vile liquid that spewed from the roof of the vault" page 241 make this an engaging story in of itself. The mixed media of text and graphics and photographs make this a unique book that may even capture the interest of parents as well! In fact, the sophisticated language, sarcasm and irony may be appreciated more adults than by young children. The intended readership of this book is the pre-teen/ younger teenaged reader. I rate this novel five stars, not only for its unique presentation format and the unique, vivid writing style. As a blogger for Tyndale publishers I recieved this book for the purposes of writing this review. The opinions reflected are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

We eagerly await #4 in this series.

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