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The Odds #1

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I enjoyed the simplicity of the illustrations in this early reader graphic novel. The message of not being afraid to be yourself was very cute, but there wasn't enough really enough development of the main character for the reader to understand that this was what was holding her back.
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A cute, funny, entertaining graphic novel about friends-real and imaginary. Reminiscent of Jim Henson's Labyrinth, I enjoyed this graphic novel that deals with themes like loss, grief, family, and friends.
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I don't really love the style of this one, though I admit it conveys information in an effective manner. It reflects movement. And the writing is easy enough to follow.
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'The Odds #1' with story and art by Matt Stanton is a graphic novel for young readers about a young girl and her father who suddenly find themselves sharing their home with a bunch of strange characters.

Kip is a quiet girl who lives with her cartoonist father.  One morning, she wakes to find herself surrounded by characters from different things in her life.  One is her dad's creation, one is from a cartoon, and there are others.  Kip is slowly brought out of her comfort zone and learns some things about herself.

I wasn't sure where this story was headed, but there is a point in the book that changed the whole thing for me.  From then on, I really liked the story and the lesson it brings.  The art is goofy, but kid-friendly and it's a good read for grade school aged readers.

I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Harper Collins Children's Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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This is a charming book about a set of characters who come alive in a little girl's bedroom. This is an introductory story, so not a lot happens. It will be interesting to see where the author decides to take the idea.
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This is a really great graphic novel that will keep your middle-grade children as engaged as the younger ones. Older kids will be able to think about the more complex themes behind the dialogue, and the younger kids will love the jokes. The illustrations are creative and colorful. My 7 year old and 3 year old loves reading this with me!
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This was cute, but nothing really stood out about it. I like the lesson and will mention the story to one of my store's young reader leads to see if they think it will fit into any needs we're receiving
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I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books through NetGalley.
Volume one in a new series by Stanton. Kip is quiet and often feels alone. She surprised when a group of characters appears in her room from a wide variety of sources - her dad's comic books, a TV show, one of her drawings, her old toy, etc. Each is odd in its own way. At first, Kip and her dad try to hide them but Kip realizes they are her friends and she brings them to school to show everyone. Through this act, she gains confidence in herself and stands up for herself and her friends.
The artwork is fun to study and captures the unique characteristics of each character. Readers will identify with Kip's feelings and appreciate the humor and need to find their place for the Odds. I love the line "...'odd' is just another word for 'special.'" This captures the hope and joy the characters find together.
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This book kind of seemed to have a plot but a lot was left unsaid. Were the Odds there just because they were conjured because Kip was lonely? Are they there to be her friends? The art was simple, maybe too simple. When I read a book I like to think of the child who I'd recommend it to and with this one I can't think of one. I feel like this is more adult humor dressed up as a child's book. Just didn't hot the mark for me.
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This is a cute and colorful graphic novel perfect for elementary age kids. There are a lot of characters that look easy and fun for children to draw. It's the first in a series so it has the potential to be a new favorite. It touches on themes of grief and bullying but avoids getting too deep, preferring to remain lighthearted.
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Very cute story with crude yet charming art al about the power of imagination and friendship to overcome anxiety.  I like the fact that both Kip and her father were in on the secret early and worked together to try to find solutions.  I also liked the sense of autonomy and personhood shown by the odds.  This first volume is setting up a series, and it looks cute albeit not too deep.
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Cute graphic novel of a little girl and the imaginary characters in her life.  They help her become brave and speak out for herself.  Cute story that has a cliffhanger at the end and hopefully will continue in #2.  Would definitely tell my 2nd and 3rd graders to read this book.
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Kip wakes up to find herself surrounded by various characters from her father’s drawings, her favorite TV show, A beloved book, and even her nightmares. Referred to as “The Odds,” this cast of characters has a lot of surprises and mischief in store for Kip and her father.

Matt Stanton’s graphic novel was a hit at our house, with kids and parents alike. Stanton manages to pack colorful illustrations and humor throughout the book while simultaneously addressing grief, anxiety, and bullying. And while Kip and her father may be at odds with the cast of characters at the beginning, they recognize that they are all in this together.

This is a huge thumbs up from my young reviewers, and we can’t wait to see what other books about The Odds Stanton may come out with.
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This is a must-have for classrooms and school libraries. The story is a lot of fun and the illustrations are beautiful. The first book in the series touches on themes of grief, insecurity, bullying, and problems at school while keeping a light tone that will keep young readers engaged. I look forward to seeing how all of the characters grow and change in future stories. Kip is the perfect protagonist and I liked that she was the one who wanted to keep trying to help the Odds when her father was ready to give up. Each of the Odds is unique and I love when they are interacting with one another. The parts where Kip and her father are trying to help them get back into the books/games/pages from which they came were very funny. I can easily see parents and kids reading this together and both really enjoying it.
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When 10 charming, simply-drawn characters--perfect for kids to try drawing themselves!--come out of Kip's imagination and into the real world, what are she and her dad to do? A lot of wrangling, apparently, as the Odds keep trying to escape, set on returning to their own worlds, or at least to not be cooped up in a two-bedroom apartment. It's a fun little story, with a nice "it's okay to be different" message at the end. Sure to be a hit with readers, and I'm curious to see how the author uses these characters in the next volume.
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A sweet and endearing story for young readers, told through simple words and bright illustrations in perfectly-paced, manageable chapters.
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Matt Stanton has created an entertaining and comedic book in visual form. Lots of fun to read and worth sharing.
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