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Publisher's Note:

The world of Philip Pullman’s internationally bestselling His Dark Materials saga is brought to visual life in book 1 of a three-volume graphic adaptation of The Golden Compass. Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her dæmon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, and a mysterious substance known as Dust. As she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win—or to lose—this more-than-mortal battle. The stunning full-color art offers both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra, an ordinary girl with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple worlds, in an entirely new way.…

Overall Book Review:

This series has created a lot of controversy in the past, but I took a chance and read this first book in the new graphic novel series, and it was so good! I read the original books several years ago, and couldn’t really see what all of the fuss was about, but with this new release, and a simpler story involved, I am happy to report that I think the only problem a parent could have with this book is that it is a graphic novel version of a book they may have an issue with.

All of the same characters are there. The excitement and adventure is there, and now there are really fun pictures to accompany it all. Oh, and another plus? You get the gist of the story, but you don’t have to feel like you are signing your life away. This book clocks in at just 80 pages. I think it would be a fun read aloud. It could also be a way to get teens who liked the original book excited. (Think a book party where teens bring their favorite book along, and draw up a panel of comics from their favorite scene. I am all for getting kids and teens excited to read, how about you?)

So, don’t brush this book off as just another one of those banned books. It is always good to keep up to date on what is being published, so you can form an opinion about it and so you know what you do or don’t like–with reasons to stand behind your explanation.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore: A man is stabbed in one non-descriptive scene; two minors are mentioned to be cut apart; a woman lies and says a baby died; a child goes missing; skeletons in a crypt are depicted in a creepy scene; verbal threats are made; a scalped head is depicted; a nightmare is had, ghosts are shown; an arrow pierces a man but does not kill him; blood is briefly depicted.

Sex/Nudity:  An extramarital affair is alluded to.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, violence, ghosts, thievery, kidnapping, evil spells.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Minors drink brandy; cigars are smoked by adults; wine is drunk by adults; a minor smokes a pipe.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
3
10

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.