July 8, 2014 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
The Pinkaboos, Bitterly and the Giant Problem by Laura and Jake Gosselin, illustrated by Billy Kelly, and published by Zeta Comics. ISBN 978-1927384237. 65 page narrative with extras. Soft cover sized 5″ x 8″ with color illustrations.
synopsis: This is going to be the best year ever for best friends Bitterly, Abyssma and Belladonna as they are starting a new school year at Fright School! As young frights they’ll learn how to chase aware the fears of little human girls by entering their dreams and teaching them how to overcome nightmares.
But when Bitterly, the most promising fright, is faced with a school bully and some nightmares of her own, she finds help from the last place she expected-the little girl whom she has sworn to protect.
Pinkaboos is an empowering new series for girls and young readers (6-9) that presents the challenges of childhood through the thrilling and magical world of the Pinkaboos.
Dare I say that if you take a bit of Harry Potter and some Monsters Inc and mix them together you get the Pinkaboos? Yes, I will say it! The Pinkaboos are that awesome!
Bitterly and the Giant Problem begins in a very thrilling and imaginative way and the rest of the story does not disappoint! It’s a really fun story, but there’s a serious side too. It’s easy care about and emphasize with Bitterly — the issues she deals with are the same issues we have all dealt with at one time or another — bullies, facing your fears, and empowering yourself to change your situation. The story is wonderful and gives the reader much to think about — even after the story ends. And speaking of the story being over, bring on the Pinkaboos #2!
I only had a couple of quibbles: (1) I felt that “Holy poop!” [page 13] might not have been the best response from Abyssma. It is suggestive of a curse word, but very obviously, the authors do not go there at all. But still, I felt another phrase might have been better. (2) I found it a bit unsettling that Bitterly, and her fellow classmates, slept in coffins [page 31].
More to see at the Pinkaboos website!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from Zeta Comics. The opinions are my own.