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REVIEW: Family Time: I’m a Star by Brandon Foster

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ARC provided by the author for my honest review.

Title: Family Time: I’m a Star

Author: Brandon Foster | Illustrator: Pia Bley

Publisher: Allegory Publishing | Published: TBD

Theme:  Pride and Leading by Example

Character Origin: Human 

Book Type: Comic  | Pages: ≈ 40

Ages: 6-12 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

Friends, how many of us have them?

Simone has it all! Popularity, good friends, and a loving family. But it appears that that may not be enough. What happens when the need for more drives you in the wrong direction? Join Simone as she discovers not just the price of chasing fame, but also the consequences.

My overall thoughts…

I was eager to take a sneak peek at Foster’s follow-up comic to Family Time: Who Do You Love and needless to say it was FANTASTIC! This is definitely a comic that will appeal more to girls than boys but the message is appropriate for both. It deals with one of the seven deadly sins–pride; as well as leading by example. Foster was up to the challenge of tackling this complicated subject, in a relatable and comprehensive manner for both child and parent, as they both have lessons to learn here. What I’ve found quite dynamic about comics is that the illustrations play a more significant role than those in picture books. The reader can connect viscerally with the imagery before ever reading a word. I find that very intriguing. Overall, the execution of the content and character development was presented in a fluid and easily intelligible manner.

The illustrations and text…

Bley’s illustrations were beautifully drawn and matched meticulously to the characters in the previous comic. The cool color palette adds softness to the page. The font size and text is easy to read. The dialogue bubbles were distributed well throughout the panels. Foster’s use of the various bubble types was nicely interwoven throughout the comic, which demonstrates the diversity of the text and provides more insight into the thoughts and feelings of the characters themselves. Adding a reference page at the beginning may be helpful for those that are new to reading a comic. This reference could include what the different types of bubbles mean, how to read a comic, and what the different parts of a comic are. Doing this could be especially helpful to younger readers or parents.

I’ll give it…

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REVIEW: Who Do You Love by Brandon Foster

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Title: Family Time: Who Do You Love

Author: Brandon Foster | Illustrator: Pia Prado

Publisher: Allegory Publishing | Published: March 28, 2019

Theme:  Family

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Comic  | Pages: 28

Ages: 6-12 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

What lengths would you go to in order to recover what was taken from you? Meet Ashlon, a smart young lady with a very active imagination. When she returns home from school she quickly discovers that her most prized possession has been…stolen? Who could have done this, and most of all why? Join her on a day she will never forget. Enjoy Ashlon’s journey as she learns a valuable lesson about life, and how we treat others.

My overall thoughts…

This is my first comic review and I’d like to color myself impressed. It is great to see a comic book that boys AND girls can enjoy. The story centers around The Morgan family which struck me more than any superhero or fantasy comic ever has. What makes this unique is that it’s totally relatable. I loved that it has a Christian foundation but it isn’t overt or in your face. It is interwoven seamlessly into the storyline. After reading this comic and doing a little research, I can now see the appeal of them. They allow the reader to take a immersive visual journey. Having a story unfold visually, frame by frame before you ever read a speech bubble can be a powerful literary tool.

The illustrations and text…

Prado’s illustrations are colorful and drawn with great precision. The gutters are well placed and the layout aids in the flow of the story. The font size is just right and easily readable. The text is concise and synchronizes well with the illustrations. The sequences were easy to follow and were well balanced with imagery and text. I can’t believe that this is Foster’s first comic but it’s easy to see that it was a labor of love. He’s made it to my “Authors to Watch” list.

I’ll give it…