I’m a newcomer to Papercutz’s Ernest & Rebecca series, but since I’m always on the lookout for good, all-ages graphic novels I can stock my library shelves with, I dove right into Volume 5, School of Nonsense.
Background: Rebecca is a six-and-a-half year-old girl who lives with her mother, older sister, Coralie, and her mother’s fiancée, Sam. Her parents are separated, but appear to be on good terms, and he is involved with his kids. Her best friend is a microbe named Ernest, who’s a “good germ”, on the lookout to keep her and her friends safe from the flu virus that’s been hanging around her school these days.
The book definitely offers kids some strong messages about staying healthy. The comic offers health advice through Rebecca’s teacher, Mr. Renaud, and Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup talks about how it’s no fun being sick in his letter at the end of the book.
Ernest & Rebecca is a cute book that offers kids some insight into family dynamics and staying healthy. The art is cartoony and younger reader-friendly and the storytelling works on a level to reach readers from ages 6-10. Give this one a shot and see what the kids think of it.
ERNEST & REBECCA VOL. 5: THE SCHOOL OF NONSENSE
Writer: Guillaume Bianco
Artist: Antonello Dalena
On-Sale: Sept. 9, 2014