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Barbara, a highly introverted twelve-year-old girl, copes with her difficult life by choosing to live within her own imagination where she can be a mighty slayer of evil giants. But sooner or later, she's going to have to confront her own problems. This excellent graphic novel was adapted into a major motion picture in 2017.
Looking for a heart wrenching and excellently illustrated dramatic graphic novel that imaginatively deals with bullying, friendship, and coping with family hardship.
A great story about a girl and her coping mechanisms while dealing with bullies, dying, and death. I cried.
I don't know how anyone could not fall in love with Barbara. She sure would be a tough child to be around but under the circumstances I would understand. She is trying to make sense of her world. Loved it!
Bullies and monsters, heroes and traps, and 5th Grade and serious issues combine to make a tremendous story about a young girl and her need to escape into a fantasy world. The result is a sad and hopeful hero's journey unlike anything I've read in years. The illustrations are a bit choppy at times, but convey a divide between reality and fantasy quite well. Recommended for anyone who doesn't fit in and especially for those who don't want to.
Barbara is a strange, but awesome little girl who kills giants to avoid the problems in her real-world life. She wears weird anime hats with ears, GMs D&D games for her brother and his friends, and deflects insults from bullies and questions from her teachers with sarcasm. If you’re having trouble getting through the first half, stick with it, it’ll pay off by the end.
I thought that it wasn't going to be very good, but don't judge a book by its cover! I usually don't like to read graphic novels, but this is a fantastic book.
Oh god, this book. I have to say, for the first couple of issues I wasn't really feeling it. It's sort of strange and even a little off-putting at first. But by the end, I was literally crying, in public, on the subway, and didn't even care who saw me. No spoilers, but the last third of this book is gorgeous and heartbreaking. A must-read.
Such an awesome book. Really interesting story, with some great artwork (Who says you need color to draw epic spreads?). One of my favorite graphic novels, and I've read a ton!
Guys!I didn't finish this one yet but I can already say this: it's marvelous mind-blowing story! The graphic style will of course remind the manga style, I though myself a lot to Infinite Kung Fu [McLeod, Kagan] But the stunning use of black and white is unique. Just open this book and let yourself be sucked in it.
I have fallen in love with Barbara Thorson. A smart-alecky fifth-grader who loves Dungeons and dragons ...moreI'm only onto the second chapter of the book and have fallen in love with Barbara Thorson. A smart-alecky fifth-grader who loves Dungeons and dragons and already has a career killing giants. She doesn't care about boys and is apathetic to the people surrounding her. Where has this graphic novel been all my life? It's engaging smart and funny.
Barbara Thorson is not a typical Grade 5 student. She is tougher than Emily Strange and cares nothing about schoolwork, boys, dating, clothes - or anything that distracts her from her task, which is to be prepared to kill giants. She is fearless when faced with school bullies; her enemy is much greater than that. Over time, Barbara learns that she doesn't have to be alone in her struggles and that it is okay to accept help with life's demons. Ken Niimura's black and white inkwash art is a good pair with Joe Kelly's text. The atmosphere is of looming menace. At times, it isn't easy to discern what is happening - which is a reflection of the troubled workings in Barbara's mind. Grade 7 to adult.