Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"Meanwhile" by Jason Shiga is one doozy of a graphic novel.
The main character is a boy whose journey starts out with
ordering ice cream. Readers make decisions that lead to
different pages with different scenarios, the first of which
is as simple as chocolate versus vanilla. The boy then goes
on to meet a mad scientist with many inventions. The story
diverges yet again when the reader decides which device the
boy will tinker with. More diversity comes when new
characters emerge--some of which are directly correlated
with a doomsday of sorts. The story goes on in many
This book is remarkably creative.
The cartoon slides do not progress in a linear fashion;
rather, they are discombobulated and connected with lines.
Also, the tabs on the sides that protrude from each page
make this interactive book fun to flip through as the story
progresses. The style of art is quirky and fun for young
children. After going through just a few of the boasted
3,856 story scenarios, readers will not be surprised to read
on the last page of the book that the author graduated
college with a degree in pure mathematics.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Troy, NY USA