Title: Bunny vs Monkey and the League of Doom!

Author: Jamie Smart

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: David Fickling Books

The Blurb

This brand new remastered book collects together Bunny vs Monkey 5: Destructo and Bunny vs Monkey 6: Apocalypse for the first time. Since he crash-landed to Earth in a rocket, Monkey has been causing absolute mayhem! Bunny and the gang (Squirrel, Pig [the Pig], Action Beaver, and Skunky the Inventor) have almost had enough. Monkey’s eternal struggle for world domination is getting more ridiculous every day, and it’s impossible to predict which bizarre plan he’s going to put into action next… In this comic extravaganza, the pint-sized friends must face a giant robot whale, a pig cannon, a camping trip that goes wrong… oh, and the actual end of the world! Can Bunny and Co stop the apocalypse before it’s too late?!

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I have really loved this silly, wacky, out there series of comics. I love the thought that our animal kingdom has its own nuances and hierarchies that leads to all sorts of misadventure. Jamie Smart really has managed to bring it to life in his Bunny vs Monkey series. Personally, this one hasn’t been my favourite. I personally love the parts that feature Le Fox – the fox who isn’t actually French. I am excited to see what more comes of this series.

Bunny vs Monkey and the League of Doom! by Jamie Smart is available now.

For more information regarding Jamie Smart (@jamiesmart) please visit www.fumboo.com.

For more information regarding David Fickling Books (@DFB_storyhouse) please visit www.davidfickingbooks.com.

Title: Tangles – A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me

Author: Sarah Leavitt

Pages: 127 Pages

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

The Blurb

What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge–and her family–forever.

(GOODREADS BLURB)

The Review

Tangles is truly heartbreaking. In a lot of books Alzheimer’s is relegated to a subplot, on that has an impact on the protagonist but doesn’t really determine the rest of the story but Leavitt puts the story front and centre. 

What makes it all the more of a gut punch is that it is a true story. Leavitt bleeds her pain on the page. She does not hide any of the hard parts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family going through the early stages of this with a loved on then I would advice staying away from this book. It is so very good but the reality of Alzheimer’s may be a bit too tough to handle.

Leavitt really did lay it all out on the page. She doesn’t sugar coat her own reactions, she doesn’t paint herself the hero. She shows the ugly side of dealing with it and she should be completely proud of bearing it all on the page. 

Tangles – A Story about Alzheimers, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Leavitt (@sarahleavittcbc) please visit abc.ca/montreal.

For more information regarding Jonathan Cape (@JonathanCape) please visit www.vintage-books.co.uk.

Title: Bunny Vs Monkey Book One

Author: Jamie Smart

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: David Fickling Books

The Blurb

This brand new remastered book collects together Bunny vs Monkey 1: Let the Mayhem Begin and Bunny vs Monkey 2: Journey to the Centre of the Eurg-th for the first time. Smaller easy-to-read format! 256 hilarious pages! FAST AND FURRY-OUS! 

Welcome to the woods. It’s chaos in there! Bunny and his friends Weenie the Squirrel, Pig (the pig), Action Beaver and Skunky the Inventor lived a peaceful life in the forest – until Monkey’s rocket crash-landed and he decided to take over! Now Monkey is causing mayhem, Bunny is determined to put a stop to it, and… what’s that? It’s an out of control shark tank, ruining a lovely picnic! 

Join bestselling comics sensation Jamie Smart for this hilarious collection of stories, available in a new chunky format!

(Amazon Blurb)

The Review

Oh I haven’t chuckled this much in ages. Bunny Vs Monkey is a graphic novel about the acrimonious relationship between a bunny and a monkey. Monkey believes he has been sent to another planet to colonise the land. Little does he know is that the scientists who sent him away didn’t quite reach outer space and his is in fact still on earth in the woods. 

The relationship between Bunny and Monkey is brilliant. It is like Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote yet they both have more elements of Wiley Coyote than anyone. Along with a colourful cast of characters such as Pig, Weenie the Squirrel and Skunk and my personal favourite – Le Fox – this graphic novel is chock full of silliness and I, for one, salute the silliness.

A brilliant distraction from life, Bunny vs Monkey is a must read for anyone who loves a good laugh.

Bunny Vs Monkey Book One by Jamie Smart is available now,

For more information regarding David Fickling Books (@DFB_storyhouse) please visit www.davidficklingbooks.com.

Title: Super Chill – A Year of Living Anxiously

Author: Adam Ellis

Pages: 120 Pages

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

The Blurb

From former Buzzfeed illustrator Adam Ellis comes a collection of autobiographical comics that follows a year in the artist’s life.

Adam’s comics deal with weightier topics like seasonal affective disorder and struggles with self-esteem, while also touching on the silly and absurd—like his brief, but intense obsession with crystals. With a bright, positive outlook and a sense of humor, Super Chill tells a story that is both highly relatable and intensely personal.

The Review

Anxiety is such a personal thing. It is getting more and more media attention but there is still a lot of stigma surrounding the subject. Adam Ellis’ book Super Chill shows how anxiety affects him. What is brilliant about this small collection of cartons is that it helps you see visual representations of how anxiety and mental health and alls you to not only empathise with a personas situation but make you realise how you really aren’t alone in feeling the way you feel.

Ellis presents his anxiety in many ways. Sometimes it is all consuming and other times he focuses on how ridiculous it is. Overall, Super Chill is a sweet book that reminds us all that we are not alone.

Super Chill – A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis is available now.

For more information regarding Adam Ellis (@moby_dickhead) please visit his Twitter page.

For more information regarding Andrews McMeel Publishing (@andrewsmcmeel) please visit www.andrewsmcmeel.com.

Labyrinth 3Title: Labyrinth – Coronation #2

Author: Simon Spurrier, Daniel Bayliss and Fiona Staples

Pages: 25 Pages

Publisher: Archaia

The Blurb

The Goblin King’s mother enters the Labyrinth, discovering a strange and marvellous world unlike anything she could imagine and one much different than what Sarah will encounter years later.

The Review

In the second part of the epic adventure we see a story that reflects Sarah’s in the movie Labyrinth. It is filled with intrigue and mystery and we see some beloved characters as well as meeting new ones. It really is a great story that should have been explored long before now.

I cannot wait for the next in the series.

Labyrinth: Coronation #2 by Simon Spurrier is available now.

For more information regarding Simon Spurrier (@sispurrier) please visit www.simonspurrier.co.uk.

For more information regarding Daniel Bayliss (@danielbaylissb) please visit www.deathtotheillustraitor.blogspot.mx.

For more information regarding Fiona Staples (@fionastaples) please visit www.fionastaples.com.

For more information regarding Archaia (@Archaia) please visit www.archaia.com.

3 Stars