I know. All spell check monitors went absolutely nuts!
Holsom is a series of graphic novels., i.e. comic books
Back story: Several months ago I posted a review of a book on Amazon. The little company which published it saw that review and asked if I would be willing to review other material of theirs. “Sure! Why not? I’m always up for a good book.” My pickings (of what I was interested it) were sort of slim, but I decided to choose a book (which I have never received) and a series of graphic novels called “Welcome to Holsom. Population: Weird.” I received the first six books in the series. There is a total of 24 now.
Once I saw them I decided to take a slightly different approach. I’m not much of a comic book reader so I decided to ask two boys in the church to read them and give me their impressions. It has taken awhile but here is their “review” of the book. I am having to edit for word count.
The two boys were Noah and Cooper, ages 9 and 8 respectively.
#1 is about believing God, even when you don’t think He is there.
#2 is about trusting people.
#3 is about being friendly.
#4 is about being tempted.
#5 is about being better about telling your parents about things that they probably won’t believe.
#6 is about doing the right thing even when it’s tempting to do the wrong things.
Holsom was a town named after Horatio Holsom. It begins with a bully chasing some kids who hide in a barn and end up finding a robot. Through a series of adventures they learn some good life lessons (see above). Both boys liked the stories, although one thought they were too short and too quick to read. They both liked the humor in each one. They both liked that the stories had main characters who believed in God. One felt they were good reading, but not quite up to par with Tolkien (he is a LOTR fan) or C..S.Lewis. :) As if…(my note)
The ultimate test? I had my 7 1/2 year old grandson read them to me last month. He liked them and even made me howl when he did the robot language. So I reckon it is safe to say they passed the test.
The also sent me two other graphic novels: one called “Beauty Queen: the Story of Esther” and “The Christ.” Both boys liked the art work in them, as well as the story. The same artist did the Action Bible.
Thanks Noah, Cooper and Braden.
I was sent this material free of charge for the purpose of review. I was not required to give a good one.
I’m on vacation this week, but didn’t want to completely disappear from the blogosphere. So I thought I would publish something. If all works as planned, I will have met Larry and possibly Matt this morning for breakfast.