This book was a real page-turner. While many list this book as a graphic novel, I would call it more of an extended graphic novel. For folks who aren’t fans of the traditional plate and window type of graphic novel with squares of progressions, this book may be a good option. The majority of the story is written in traditional narrative format with supplemental parts in a more graphic novel type of format. The storyline is very well done and while it’s a bit of a heavy subject in terms of revisiting and making peace with a tumultuous childhood, it is also quite beautiful in its presentation.
At 104 pages, this is a very quick read. However, I would highly recommend spending time reading all the intricate notes and digesting the illustrations. While haunting, the illustrations are also very detailed and intricate and somewhat beautiful, if in a sort of macabre kind of way. The Crows is definitely a book worth picking up and reading–even if it is outside of your normal genre wheelhouse.
Profanity/Language: 3 mild obscenities; 3 religious profanities; 5 derogatory names; 5 scatological words; 1 anatomical term.
Violence/Gore: Sticks thrown at birds, picture of dog with eyes pecked out (moderately graphic), reference to death in bike versus truck accident, reference to death by hanging suicide.
Sex/Nudity: Reference to sex.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, suicide, mail order bride.
Alcohol and Drug Use: