Children’s Comic Book Review: My Little Pony Volume 2, Friendship is Magic

Author:  Amy Mebberson

Age Range: 6 and up

Series: My Little Pony (Book 2)

Paperback: 104 pages

Publisher: IDW Publishing (September 24, 2013)

Genre:  Children’s Comic Book

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Get ready for another unforgettable adventure in the land of Equestria!
Twilight Sparkle and gang are confronted with a perilous new danger in
the form of a long-unseen enemy!

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My Thoughts:

This is my first ever review of a graphic novel. Please don’t judge me
by thinking that I have some misconceived notion that graphic novels
don’t count as real reading. I am as big a Calvin and Hobbes fan as the
next gal. I have never reviewed a comic book before because I haven’t read one
since I was a kid. They hold zero appeal to me (unless it has a young
boy with a wild vocabulary and a talking stuffed tiger). Nevertheless,
here I am, reviewing a My Little Pony graphic novel.

I requested a copy of this book because I knew my kids would love it and I
was right. They loved it. I have two little girls, so My Little Pony is
much loved and much discussed in our house.

I noticed a couple of things about this book that really made it a hit
with my girls. First, the graphic novel format really is a brilliant way
to deliver a story. There are lots of pictures, lots of dialogue, and
no long sequences of boring descriptions or inward struggles by the
characters. It isn’t a terribly long book, so it can be read fairly
quickly and keep a child’s interest through the whole thing. The
characters and their personalities remain true to the TV show, which is
important to keep that consistency.

The plot itself is precisely what you would expect from My Little Pony.
Nothing more, nothing less. It is sugary and sappy, with some light
danger and a bit of age appropriate suspense/action. It is a little
cheesy, but it works.

The illustrations are gorgeous. A lot of times, with these
commercialized stories, I forget that someone had to create all the
artwork, that a real person sat at their drawing table or computer for
hours on end. Not all of the pictures are perfect, and some are a bit
confusing, but the majority of the book is filled with beautifully rendered
art.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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