Monday, December 23, 2019

Drew And Jot: Dueling Doodles

Drew And Jot: Dueling Doodles is the first volume of a new series by Art Baltazar. Due out 7th Jan 2020 from Kaboom!, it's 208 pages and will be available in hardcover format.

The author / artist has a number of long running comics series and although comparisons with Dav Pilkey's work are inevitable, I submit that Drew and Jot are bring their own energy to the game and are worthy on their own merits.

I really enjoyed the story-within-the-story trope and it works very well here. I love the spontaneity of the story line. Protagonist 5th grader new kid Andrew meets a friend his first day at school who is also into drawing and making up superhero stories and they trade sketch books to create crossovers featuring each other's superhero/supervillain. The fast moving action and appealing art will certainly prompt readers to pick up their own pencils and paper and start creating (and that's a wonderful thing).

This would make a great selection for school or classroom libraries, as inspiration for a maker group, or a superlative gift for a young artist or reader, possibly bundled with some drawing materials to do their own stories.

Beautifully written and full of energy, this is a great read. I enjoyed it loads. Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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