The Stuff of Legend by Mike Raicht

This is one that I never would’ve known about had it not been for Debi, and I’m so glad that she told me about it. It’s made it’s way around the Steven’s household and I got to read it too during my stay with them. The story centers around a young boy and his toys during World War II. While his father is off to war, a young boy is left to his imagination with his toys, playing with his army men, saving his pennies in his piggy bank, and sleeping with the safety of his teddy bear, Max. But one night he is kidnapped by the boogeyman from his bed and sucked into a world where forgotten and abandoned toys take on a life of their own. In an effort to save the boy, his toys leave the safety of his room to save the young boy from the boogeyman traveling to the boogeyman’s world where they take on a life that they never had before….but it is a life of danger.

Sounds juvenile? It’s not at all. This is one of the best graphic novels that I’ve read. Really. It reminded me in some ways of Fables just in it’s fantastic elements and the contrast of childlike innocence often contrasted with horrendous, violent things like war and bloodshed. The characterization of the toys was top notch with each being fully developed quickly. And the art was just to die for. This is some of the best art that I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel. Take a look:

Beautiful, isn’t it? And it’s one that I think can be enjoyed by everyone. In fact, it was Debi’s 7 year old son, Max that really convinced me that I had to read it when he was talking about it at family book club night. He had just read it. I think each age group would really get something different out of this one. I really can’t wait for volume two in this series to come out now!

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9 Responses

  1. I know I’ve read another review of this somewhere. I really like the artwork and comparing it to Fables will always get my interest.

  2. Oh Chris, this review was perfect! I never could have put my feelings about this book into words nearly as well. And it definitely has some of my favorite art ever.
    (I’ve been meaning to tell you that you must have thought I was crazy though…it had been a while since I’d read it and I somehow got confused about the characters when Max was talking about how creepy the jester was. As in jester “looked” scary, but was actually a good guy. :P)

  3. I’m a Stevens that hasn’t read it yet. Now I must!

  4. Corr! This looks so good.

  5. So. I have a group of triplets, 2 boys and 1 girl who are turning SIX next month. Is this a good choice????

  6. Rhinoa, The artwork in this one was just incredible!! And yeah, it reminded me a lot of fables…I think you’d really like this one!

    Debi, Well thank you Ma’am! I can’t thank you enough for letting me read this one while I was there!! I can’t wait for the next one to come out. The artwork was just so damn incredible, wasn’t it?

    Rich, Yes!! You really must!! And then get Annie to read it and then EVERYONE will have read it! I’m assuming Gray finished it..he had started it in the car on the way back from Niagara.

    Darren, It’s REALLY good!! Hope you enjoy it πŸ˜‰

    Care, Hmmm…well, Debi’s son Max is about to turn 8 and he really liked it! I guess the best thing would be for you to read it first and see what you think. It does have a little bit of gore in it, so it’s up to you on what you think. Try it out!

  7. This looks amazing! I love the artwork you included. Makes me want to run to the store and get it!

  8. Oh … and I like animated toys stories :o)

  9. Terri, It’s totally amazing πŸ™‚ The artwork is top notch! Some of my favorite I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel. And if you like animated toy stories, then you definitely can’t go wrong with this πŸ˜‰

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