Tuesday, December 18, 2018

[ARC REVIEW] Book Love by Debbie Tung (@AndrewsMcMeel , @WheresMyBubble)

Title:  Book Love

Author:  Debbie Tung

Artist:  Debbie Tung

Genre:  Books / Humor

Year Published: 2019

Year Read:  2018

 Andrews McMeel Publishing

Source:   eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 8+ (Nothing Objectionable)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository

I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


When I saw this title over at NetGalley, I was like “What? There’s actually a graphic novel that explores about how much some people love books?”  Well, of course I had to check this graphic novel out since reading is my number one passion in the world and I wanted to see if this graphic novel gets my book senses tingling!  “Book Love” is a graphic novel that is written and illustrated by Debbie Tung and it definitely earns the reputation of being one of the few graphic novels that actually shows just how important and fun reading is for everyone!

What is this story about?

This graphic novel basically details the love that bookworms have for books such as getting upset when they had just finished a good book, but have to wait a whole year for the sequel to come out.  And the exhilaration of smelling brand-new books in the bookstores and also the fact that books can take you to different places that you have never been to before!

What I loved about this story:

Debbie Tung’s writing:  Wow…just wow…Debbie Tung has certainly done an excellent job at writing this graphic novel as it is rare that I read a graphic novel that is all about the wonderful world of reading instead of being about superheroes or slice of life stories.  I loved the way that Debbie Tung explores what the world is like for a bookworm and how books are so essential in their lives.  I just loved the energy and love for reading that Debbie Tung showcased in this graphic novel by using a woman in the lead role and whenever the woman in the story showed excitement for reading, I felt that excitement along with her!  There were many different scenarios in this story that really called out to me, such as a situation where the woman in the story went to the bookstore to buy the second book in the series after she finished reading the first book.  But then she realizes that the bookstore ran out of copies of the second book and that they would have to order the second book from an online store, but it would take over five days for the book to arrive!  Oh man!  I remembered those days when I had to wait a long time for a book in a series to arrive in my mail because the bookstore did not have the whole series!  I really loved the humor that Debbie Tung incorporated into this book as the woman in this story was the highlight as she was such an excitable and hilarious character who has such an exaggerated reaction to books. But at the same time, is highly relatable to the audience as she shows the same love and joy that bookworms have for books!

Debbie Tung’s artwork:  Debbie Tung’s artwork is hilarious and creative to look at as she does a great job at showing the excitement that the woman in the story feels about books!  I loved the way that Debbie Tung drew the woman in the story as the woman is constantly being shown with an excited look on her face whenever she comes across books.  I especially loved the artwork of the woman having large puppy dog eyes whenever she is experiencing something beautiful about reading.  I also loved the artwork for the scenes where the woman is imagining herself floating in space as there is so much attention to detail to the starry skies of space.  I liked the fact that the artwork is done in black and white as I still experience the wonderful world of books through the black and white colorings of the artwork.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Book Love” is a truly fantastic graphic novel that really speaks out to bookworms everywhere!  If you are looking for a graphic novel that details the joy and wonder of reading, then this is definitely the one for you!

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