Every once in a while you run into a children’s graphic novel that just causes your heart to smile. Timo the Adventurer is one such book. Timo is so determined to be an adventurer, the best one ever! And then the adventure happened……
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Timo the Explorer was originally written in French (translated by Lara Vergnaud) which explains why I recognized the humour. We’ve had a lot of students from France in our household over the years, and the humour fits. This is very much a quirky read with a hero who is absolutely adorable with his positive outlook.
Jonathan Garnier is the author with Yohan Sacre as illustrator. As I received an advanced reader copy the predominance of this tome came in gray scale. This added for me a bit of an ethereal quality which fit the mood of the book tremendously well!
One page was done in colour, and I have to say the pastel wash fits as well. Making you see the gloominess that much of the story fits in. I very much appreciated that the text is immensely more clear as in the grey scale version the text was sometimes difficult to make out. Illustrator Yohan Sacre does an excellent job conveying the thoughts and emotions of the characters as well as portraying the setting.
Most of Timo the adventurer is done in graphic novel format but Timo is a documentor! He likes to write down what he learns and sees, and THIS is what totally made the book for me. He has such a positive outlook and a different way of looking at the world.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are the publishers, this imprint is part of the Etch Graphic Novels. At 128 pages it is an easy read for most 8-12 year olds. I am reviewing this book for Raincoast Books.
Should you get Timo the Adventurer?
Go out and borrow this from your library. It’s a good, fun read. It takes an unexpected twist or two, but throughout, Mr. Garnier helps readers to consider doing the different. To think about different ways to see the picture of the world and events surrounding. The encouragement is for the reader to do the same.