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Here’s a title that one of my students reviewed back in 2014. I’ve been waiting to get it into my 365, and today, I found inspiration.
Title: I Kill Giants
Author(s): Joe Kelly and JM Ken Nimura
Publisher: Image Comics (2014)
Age Rating: 13+
Much of the student body at my school participated in the National Walkout that happened at 10:00 A.M. today. It was truly inspiring to see so many young people together for a cause, and even though there have been some haters spouting off the mouth about the event, the overall impression, as far as I’ve seen, has been positive. What these students did today was find a voice in a world that’s both so loud it’s hard to hear, and so quiet we can get afraid to speak.
I’ve been waiting for the right time to review I Kill Giants for the 365, and the students exercising their voices at school today made me want to visit the tale of a young girl that has a hard time finding her voice in the storm that is her life.
I Kill Giants is the tale of Barbara Thorson, a grade school student that is a self-proclaimed giant killer. As readers, initially, we don’t really know what Barbara means by this. The book is set in a normal coastal city with no real fantastical elements. We quickly discover that Barbara is dealing with some serious issues both at home and in school. She mentally and emotionally deals with these issues by manifesting them into metaphorical giants that she feels she can defeat.
A brilliantly written forward by filmmaker Chris Columbus kicks off this modern-day classic, discussing the power of the graphic novel medium and the amazing work of this creative team because not only is the book wonderfully written and brilliantly paced, but the art style complements the themes and mood perfectly.
We have all been Barbara at one point in our life. We have all struggled to find our voice. And hopefully we also understand what it feels like when it is found.
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