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Peculiar Woods: The Ancient Underwater City

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This is an exciting start to a new mysterious series. It’s a graphic novel; I think it’s meant for young readers, probably grades 1-4. The word choice isn’t complex, and there is often more action on the page than text. The art style is charming and fits the style of many modern cartoons, which will also appeal to young readers.

With an underwater city, possessed objects, and many secrets in the past, this debut is a page turner that raises more questions than it answers. My 9 year old son loves abandoned cities and mysteries, so I know that it would be high interest for him. Not only is Iggy becoming entangled in the mystery of the town, but the reader is also wrapped up in the mystery of Iggy’s family situation. There are many answers that readers need to find in future volumes.

My favorite thing about this volume was the development of Blankie. As a “baby” animated object, Iggy gets to help her several times. She also helps their group—even wrapping around Iggy when he’s scared. I think any kid who has loved a blanket will be able to relate to Iggy’s experiences with this character.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy for review.

Moving to a new city can be scary enough. Throw in the fact that there is an underwater city and inanimate objects come to life and it can be downright terrifying.

In this graphic novel We follow lggie,a 9-year- old boy, who is moving to a new town to live with his biological mother.

He is nervous about living in a new place and having to make friends. On his first night things become very strange. He meets a talking chair with an attitude. His childhood blankie also comes alive. Together they go on an adventure that leads them to the Underwater City.

This is a great intro into graphic novels for Young readers. I can see kids liking the various talking objects. The illustrations are very reminiscent of Cartoon Network. Overall a great addition to any elementary classroom library.
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This graphic novel tells the story of nine year old Iggie who moves to a new town, Peculiar Woods. He is a bit worried about the typical kid things like making friends and getting to know his new town. On his first night in the new town he gets lost in the woods and discovers his new ability to talk to objects. As the things around him come to life he creates his own little group who work together and become friends. He soon learns that they need to work together to save his new town, and so an epic adventure begins. 

The illustrations are really neat and they are a good size so it is fairly easy to see what is going on in each box. Speech bubbles are also fairly large with a clean capitals-only font making it quite easy to read. I think this will be a well-loved addition to the graphic novel collection of any middle grade reader or to classroom libraries in grades 2-6. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
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This is so super cute. I love the illustrations and colors. Can’t wait for more in the story. It’ll make you look at your furniture differently.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital advanced copy. This tells the story of nine-year-old Iggie, who moves to a new town to live with his biological mother. He faces bullies at his new school and makes new friends in unexpected places. When he doesn't have the courage to take on the bullies, he decides to be brave and go on a different adventure. This was a fun read!
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Peculiar Woods is a story of empathy, fantasy, and creativity. I enjoyed the way the elements of cafe were woven into the story, and the pages are beautifully colored. Well worth a recommendation to young readers for school and classroom libraries.
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The simplicity of the illustrations is reminiscent of Cartoon Network in the early 2000s. The charming illustrations and characters are humorous and relatable to middle grade readers. Having the furniture come to life has added a great level of humor. Boris the chair, although depicted as furniture, is extremely relatable even as an adult. Kids will relate to Boris by finding power within embracing cowardice. I am so excited to bring this book into the middle school library, 
I am also VERY UPSET by the cliff hanger of an ending! If I am the only person who reads the book from the library, I will continue to buy each new installment just to find out what happens.
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As the title suggests, this book is a bit peculiar. A young boy sets out on a quest with a chair, a blanket, and some chess pieces that are somehow alive. The artwork is adorable and the story is sweet and full of humor. Would recommend to readers that enjoy quirky graphic novels.
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This was such a cute fun graphic read. My kiddos loved this and can’t wait to read more by this author! It was an adventure in a book!

Sweet, funny, at times a little thrilling (for kids) and just overall a really fun story!
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This is the story of Iggie. A 9-year-old that moves to Peculiar Woods and gos in an adventure with is new "strange" friends on the first day of school.
I would say it's a good book for an older child.
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A cute and creative read from Colmenares! In this book, we follow 9-year-old Iggie as he transfers schools to be with his other mom in the town of Peculiar Woods. There, he encounters new friends who aren't conventional beings-- poltergeists! From his childhood blanket, and the chair in his room, to chess pieces he finds in the back of his school, together, they go off on an adventure to explore the mystery of the neighboring flooded town. There, they encounter more than they ask for-- from beavers to washing machines, and Iggie cements his place in his new surroundings thereafter.

Overall, this was a great read for elementary children as they explore the graphic novel genre and step up from younger children's books.
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I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.
This book follows Iggie as he copes with moving to a new town to live with his mother after living with his Aunt. Iggie finds the normally inanimate objects around him can now move and speak. This leads him on a strange journey that leads to many revelations.
This was a wonderful book about self-realization set in an interesting world. I will definitely be rereading this and look forward to future stories set in Peculiar Woods.
This is a good book for middle-grade readers and older.
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