Take a cute blanket, a yoga chair, and two royal chess pieces. Add in nine-year-old Iggie who discovers he can talk with them and you have the start of a fun graphic series.
The story begins with Iggie on his way to live with his biological mother for the first time in a town called Peculiar Woods. Iggie had previously lived with his aunt who has always been a loving substitute mother.
It doesn’t take long for Iggie to discover the town is anything but normal. Talking with inanimate objects is weird enough, but now the chess pieces want help in finding their kingdom in an ancient underwater city.
There are humorous moments, especially when Boris the Yoga chair is in a scene. The graphics are colorful and bold, bringing out the emotions and action on every page. You can see several of the panels by visiting the publisher’s site.
Peculiar Woods is available in paperback or hardcover and would be the perfect choice for a young reader transitioning to middle grade books.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Andrés J. Colmenares is a cartoonist and illustrator from Bogota, Colombia, and the creator of the beloved Wawawiwa Comics. With more than 3.5 million social fans, his work is a sweet and sincere space for these anxious times. He lives with his wife and two children, who inspire him to create empathetic and endearing content for his fans.
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The title piqued my interest. This sounds like a fun book. With a 9-year-old protagonist, I would guess this is for younger middle-graders. I like that age. I’ll try to check it out.
I like the concept of the chess pieces!
Love this, Greg! I’m always on the lookout for younger MG graphic novels. I’ll have to pick this one up. Thanks!