After searching for each other throughout the multiverse and repairing their interdimensional portals together, the Bright family is ready for a vacation! But relaxing days riding water slides and eating space ramen are put on hold when the portal drops them deep in the jungle on an unknown planet rather than at the door of the luxury resort. Told through multigenerational storytelling, the Brights are about to figure out that space travel is a lot like space ramen: It always leaves adventurers wanting more.
Bright Family Vacation is the second graphic book in Epic’s Bright Family series but can be enjoyed on its own. The comic style format is perfect for emerging middle grade readers.
The Bright family includes parents Banira and Benjamin, children Jayden and Nia, and talented musician, Grandpa Winston. Although the family vacation does not go as planned, the theme of family and caring for each other is strong throughout.
Colorful, bold illustrations bring out the emotional expressions to each face ranging from overwhelming happiness to tension filled concern. The book will make a great companion to those upcoming summer trips. Readers will for sure have a lot of smiles as the pages turn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
Gabe Soria is the creator of the Midnight Arcade series and the co-creator of the comic book MegaGhost. His other works include DC Comics’ Batman ’66, Fakespeare in the Park, a tie-in novel for Cartoon Network’s Regular Show, and the best-selling Audible Original Foreverywhere, created with Steve Burns of Blue’s Clues and Steven Drozd of the band the Flaming Lips. He lives in New Orleans, where he’s currently writing an original fantasy adventure trilogy for Penguin Workshop.
Rafa Ribs is a Brazilian artist currently living in São Paulo. He has worked as a character designer and visual development artist for animation and games for the last six years. He loves drawing imaginary universes and filling them with otherworldly characters and stories.
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This looks like a fun adventurous read!
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