American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Title: American Born Chinese

Author: Gene Luen Yang

Color: Lark Pien

Publisher: First Second

Published Date: 2006

This graphic novel intertwines three separate tales. The first tale is about the Monkey King. The second about Jin Wang. And the third about Danny. The Monkey King thinks he is ruler of the world. He should be allowed into heaven because he is so great. When he is denied entry into heaven as a god because he is a monkey, he throws a huge fit. Jin Wang was born in American and thinks of himself as an American, but the kids at school only see him as an Asian. His teachers don’t even know the difference. Danny is a normal teenager, except for one aspect of his life. Every year his Chinese “cousin” comes for a visit. The cousin makes so much trouble for him he always has to change schools. Each story has the same moral. Not to be ashamed of who you are and that being yourself makes you a stronger person.

I won’t give away the ending to this one. I won’t tell you how the stories intertwine. But I will say that it took me a mintue to figure out what was going on and how they all related. They do, I promise. This read just like a proverb or fable. Graphic novels are not really my thing, but this is very well done. Very thought provoking. And the medium of graphic novel is much more conducive of younger people to read it.

Happy Reading!


Avalon High Coronation V. 1: The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot

This is my first graphic young adult novel. I have to say that this type of book really isn’t mine thing, but I wanted to try these out. I know manga and graphic novels are really big now, and I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I really like Meg Cabot’s work so I thought this was a good starting place.

Having said all that, I was a little disappointed in it. The thing that had me disappointed was the fact that it was so small and such a quick read. I wanted more of the story and even though there were pictures that went along, I felt like it was just a teaser.

I will most likely get the next one in the series from the library too. Just so that I can see what happens next. I guess having me even want to read on makes it a good book. I also like King Arthur mythology and I liked this graphic novel because it is set in modern times.

I would definitely recommend this to graphic novel lovers, but not to readers that are just finding Meg Cabot. Her other series are a lot better.