The Night Bookmobile

The Night Bookmobile

[a Graphic Novel]

Graphic Novel - 2010
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First serialized as a weekly column in the UK's "Guardian" newspaper, "The Night Bookmobile" tells the story of a wistful woman who searches for a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read
Publisher: New York : Abrams, c2010
ISBN: 9780810996175
Branch Call Number: GN Niff
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 20 x 30 cm


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Oct 06, 2020

Awful. Managed to get it reclassed to adult - it was at first classed jFiction at Groan. Cataloging is dead.

Feb 13, 2020

I love the central images of this book--the magic night bookmobile which contains all the books one has read, and also the vision of the afterlife as a library--but like many others I found the protagonist's premature and violent death too dark and depressing. I wish the author had found a way to have the protagonist live out her natural life and only then encounter the library of the hereafter.

Jul 07, 2018

Average graphic novel left me with no lasting effects.

May 25, 2017

While out walking one night, narrator Alexandra spies an old camper parked alongside the street and discovers upon entering that it's actually a bookmobile -- an extraordinary bookmobile which displays on its shelves every book Alexandra has ever read, from childhood to the present. She is entranced, but when dawn arrives the experience is over. Although it is many years before she encounters the vehicle again, the experience affects her life significantly.

What obsessive reader hasn't fantasized about a visual collection of every title she has ever read in her lifetime? This graphic novel unfolds in ways both dreamy and dark (inappropriate for children), but is unforgettable.

Feb 11, 2016

audio book not available yet 2/16

mallc Apr 29, 2015


KateHillier Dec 20, 2013

Well that escalated quickly! I was on board, more or less, with this story until the last few pages. They come out of nowhere! All of a sudden it's just devastating. Am I meant to be happy at the end? Am I meant to be sad? I don't really know. The author's afterword sort of gives a little bit of context but it still is hard hitting in not the good way. Not that I expect my books to be gentle with me but the leap that the book takes from a woman who, at least as I see it, wants to know more about the bookmobile and wants to just stay there and when she's told that she can't...

And then the end comes. Out of almost nowhere.

emilymelissabee Dec 06, 2013

Like other commenters, I was enthralled with the idea of this title until it took a very dark turn. This book should have a trigger warning for those who have experienced clinical depression. The writing was enjoyable, but this author is clearly a novice when it comes to the graphic novel style - the speech balloon placement made conversations very difficult to follow. I wanted so badly to love this little book! Instead, I feel a bit traumatized.

Oct 23, 2013

An intriguing premise turns to the dark side, as a librarian slides into the stereotype of preferring books to real life. Being someone for whom books are an enrichment and a doorway to people and life, I found this story sad and depressing.

Oct 02, 2013

As I was browsing the shelves I picked up this book and I finished it almost immediately. It is a quick little graphic novel that doesn't have the best illustrations but the story is based on what we all have to endure. Having a dream and accomplishing our dreams. The main character in this book did "accomplish" her dream of working in the Night Bookmobile, even if her methods were very surprising. But in the end she was finally where she was meant to be. Love this story!

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Ann Langone Apr 04, 2011

While walking alone, late one night, Alexandra comes across a bookmobile, manned by a weird little librarian and full of all the books and ephemera that she, herself, has ever read. She is fascinated and forgets the time as she revisits her past-- books and journals, magazines and cereal boxes. When the sun rises the librarian tells her she must leave. She is now fascinated, even consumed with the bookmobile--it changes her life. She seeks and finds the bookmoble several more times in her life-- her life forever changed, as she reads to build her collection. NIght Bookmobile, which always has a Twilight-Zonish quality to it, takes a very dark, though not unanticipated, turn that is still very disturbing. A thought provoking story.


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