Monday, October 27, 2014
Graphic Novel review: "Through the Woods" by Emily Carroll
The cover immediately caught my eye, and the art inside is just as powerful. I think of horror stories as stories that evoke strong emotions with their intensity, fear being the most pronounced emotion of course. The art in this book amplifies the tension with its bold use of color and the way the words of the text are incorporated within the page. The stories are short, but each reaches the creepy stage very quickly and then pushes the reader's threshold just a bit more.
I really enjoyed this book, and found it perfect for this time of year. I loved the beautiful artwork and the eloquent use of language, especially within the art. The tone is so dark and mysterious - far more than I expected it to be. I will certainly be suggesting this to tweens and teens who love horror stories, no matter if they are reluctant readers or if they regularly walk out of the library with a stack of books in their arms. As long as they want stories that will freak them out, I think they will like this as I did!
Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll
Margaret K. McElderry, 2014