Published by First Second on March 13th 2018
Claudette is back AGAIN, and she’s ready to kick major monster butt!
She’s fought giants, clobbered dragons, and now Claudette faces her biggest challenge yet… herself! Well, that and a gang of vile monsters. It all begins when Claudette’s town hosts the annual Warrior Games. After some sneaky maneuvering, Claudette manages to gets herself, Marie, and Gaston chosen as her town's representatives. But none of Claudette’s past battles has prepared her for this. And to make matters worse, they must stop the vicious Sea Queen and her evil children from using the Warrior Games to free the dark Wizard Grombach and conquer the world!
In Monsters Beware!, the third and final book of the Claudette graphic novel series, Claudette is put to the ultimate test. With her honor on the line will she learn that there's more to a fight than just winning?
What’s this? A graphic novel from an Ohio Author? It’s not time for OAAA yet! First Second was kind enough to send me a copy of this just because I liked the art. Little did I know that I would find a connection to the theme I often have here on this blog! Any relation to Ann Aguirre, one of my personal faves, I wonder?
But I digress. MONSTERS BEWARE is actually the 3rd graphic novel of a series, following the release og GIANTS BEWARE and DRAGONS BEWARE. Now I have not read the previous books in this series but I totally wish I had. While it’s not necessary to understand what’s going on here I feel like it definitely would a have helped with some of the mom and wizard storylines and backstories.
Still, this graphic novel has a story of its own.
First, the art is both gorgeous and adorable at the same time. It’s what originally drew me to it. The colors are bright and bold, the character expressions are, in a word, expressive. It makes me want to check out the earlier books just on that alone.
The story itself is pretty basic and at times kind of ridiculous. But it is sweet and endearing too. Claudette is awesome as an MC and reminds me a little of myself at her age. Determined, different, wholly herself. It’s totally a graphic novel I would have loved when I was younger nd still enjoyed as an adult today.
I think I would have gotten more out of this book had I read the earlier ones in the series, something I definitely intend to do. Still I found the graphic novel to be a great, quick read and I totally recommend it for younger fans and people who love graphic novels.
What’s your favorite graphic novel? I loved the PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER. Share yours in the comments.
From my shelf to yours,