I Kill Giants by Joe KellyThis really grew on me. It had to. I started the book frustrated with Barbara, with her disconnect from the real world and total immersion in a fantasy world shes created, with her near inability to interact with the people around her. Thats a bold thing that Kelly did, to start the reader off with an entirely outside perspective of Barbara, and only slowly reveal exactly what is going on inside her heart and mind, and what events in her life have caused her to react in this way. (view spoiler)[Her mother is dying of cancer, and Barbara refuses to accept that. Her giant killing fantasy is the way shes tried to construct an actual, material thing she can do to save her. (hide spoiler)] Once I understood her, and even earlier, when I was just beginning to see that there was something to understand, I became entirely absorbed in her story. In the end, this turned out to be a surprisingly moving and heart-felt story, and Im very, very glad that I read it.
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In arguably the greatest, most enlightening discovery since the Rosetta Stone, cat ambassador Gemma Correll has managed to get hold of the secret diary of Tiddles, a three-year-old moggy, whic Hot off the back of her incredibly popular Monday Punday online series, Gemma Correll has surveyed her army of punning fans to create this hilarious collection of her best illustrated puns, as I Kill Giants is an empowering story about fifth-grader Barbara Thorson, a precocious Dungeons and Dragons player, who is currently devoting most of her time in and out of school to fighting giants. Barbara is a reluctant but fearless hero, and her battle with giants and titans mirror epic battles of myth. Through the text and images, we struggle along with Barbara — through her tantrums, her trips to the principal and school counselor, and her conversations with imps and faeries, and through her fights with bullies and her older sister — to her critical battle with an equally fearless titan.
The comic was created by writer Joe Kelly and artist J. Ken Niimura and features Barbara Thorson, a girl struggling with life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters. She's taken her fantasy life a little far, and really only talks about giants to people. She's convinced that giants are real and giants are coming, and it's her responsibility to stop them when they show up. This weird little fantasy life that she's going has started seeping into her real life, and as we see things from her point of view, we see that she sees pixies and she sees signs in the clouds and other things that might be telling her that bad things might be coming.