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The Wondrous Wonders

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The cover attracted me to request this book. 
Some characters are little weird.  It's a simple book that I think children probably enjoy more than I do.
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This graphic novel felt very British and felt very throwback to an older era of fairy tales (think 70s & 80s). The art is beautiful & inclusive of body types, albeit some of the characters are a bit odd. The story begins with a family camping and one of the children sneaking off into the woods. This is the first part where you realize that the family life may not quite be the best. Then the child is shown discovering some odd tiny royalty riding on tiny horseback. These people accidently lead her to a fairytale village and introduce her to the concept that there is feline king who has kidnapped some of the village people just for disagreeing with him. There is an adventure and a journey to try to rescue them, but things don't always go as planned. Some of the characters can be naughty in a cheeky way that kids would enjoy. The 'wondrous wonders' are unicorns and there are other fun creatures. I feel like this would entice kids who might be into something odd like 'Adventure Time'. If odd fairy tales or British fairy tales are popular in your library, this could be a 2nd purchase.
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The color palette for these watercolor illustrations are wondrous indeed! Prepare to be carried away on an adventure.
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The Wondrous Wonders is a lovely graphic tale by Camille Jourdy. The illustrations bring the story to life with bold watercolor strokes and details that give the characters and scenes depth and intrigue. Jo sets off into the forest during a camping trip to escape from her stepfamily and ends up befriending a multitude of forest creatures. She decides to help her newfound friends take down the evil Emperor Tomcat - a daunting task! 
This book is a lovely, dreamlike romp into what connects us to others in friendship and family.
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A whimsical, brilliantly illustrated tale for all ages, The Wondrous Wonders about a young girl searching for an escape from a fractured family who stumbles upon a fantastical world full of talking foxes, magical elves and ponies.
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A young girl named Jo ventures off into the forest on a family camping trip. While out exploring, she discovers a fantastical town. This was a little chaotic and there was minimal world building. The characters were sometimes a little too over the top and the jokes would go over most elementary students' heads. But since it's a graphic novel with compelling enough illustrations, most students will probably enjoy it. Or at the very least, they'll check it out and pretend they read it!
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Loved, loved, loved the artistry in this book. I wish I had something like this when I was younger – it has a fairytale-esque approach to more serious topics that are relevant to a large swath of middle-to-upper grades. As a graphic novel, it is more likely to be seen through by middle-grade (who need it the most). This book was so beautifully executed. I will have this on hand for my kids who are going through these same scenarios.
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Quite the colorful fantastical journey, and a nice story about learning to get along with others and move on from past trauma.  I felt like the beginning was lacking though - It's not explained why she's running away until later, and I was off-put by her family not really caring that she ran away in the first place?
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A little girl running away from her family because she is having a hard time adjusting to her stepsisters and stepmother, stumbles into a fantasy world where an evil cat has set himself up as emperor and is imprisoning anyone who opposes him. Can she help the remaining residents free those imprisoned?

This felt very Alice in Wonderlandish. An evil despot, a wide array of fantasy creatures, and a quest with twists and turns through the weird and wonderful fantasy world. I can see how this will appeal to just the right reader. For me it was just sorta meh. I wasn’t enchanted with the world or the art style, but I can see it really appealing to some. The adventure helps the little girl better appreciate family, and there’s room to debate how long she was really gone (or if she was really gone).

Notes on content (based on ARC): No language issues. No sexual content. Some old witches talking about divorce act like it is inevitable. And there’s an arguing couple of fantasy creatures who are constantly threatening divorce (is the girl imagining these and channeling her family’s experience into them or is just randomly encountering them?). There’s a battle for freedom but the worst injury is just a cat scratch.

I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The cover was what really drew me into reading this graphic novel, but I have to say once I started reading the art style wasn't quite my favourite, though I did like all the colours. The plot line of the rescue was good enough, but I felt like there was a little bit too much whimsy that maybe didn't translate well. Overall, a good story but nothing really to have me thinking back on it in the future.
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Cute fantasy graphic novel! I'll be recommending this to my kiddos who love fantasy. The colors and illustrations are beautiful!
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A beautiful and poetic graphic novel that has a fairytale quality. A young girl is struggling with her parent's divorce and new step-family so she enters a new and exciting world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a great find and very unique.
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Jo is a sad child : hurt by her parents’divorce, she struggles to accept her new step family. Wandering in the woods, she meets two elves and decides to follow them down a tunnel. Jo stumbles into a fantastical world full of tiny elves, talking foxes, and mischievous, multicolored ponies known as the Wondrous Wonders. But this new world is also dangerous and on the eve of a revolution : the creatures wish to rise up against Emperor Tomcat, the tyrannical leader who rules the enchanted forest they call home.

The Wondrous Wonders is an extraordinary adventure full of magic and wonders. Camille Jourdy’s watercolor art is beautiful. The details in each picture are mesmerizing. The creatures are all very unique, inspired by animals and mythical species. This story made me think of Alice in Wonderland, but also Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It is a world full of colors where friendship and courage are the keys for young Jo to survive.

The Wondrous Wonders is a poetic graphic novel that invites imagination and adventures. I loved everything in it, from the story to the art. Definitively a title to be discovered, especially if you love fairytales.
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Really fun and unique plot to this story. The characters were all really unique and I found them pretty unpredictable in how they might react to things. The illustrations are lovely and really suck you into a new world.
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Thank you NetGalley for the eARC of The Wondrous Wonders
The graphic novel/ children's book is a breath of fresh air for me. I enjoy reading it and will recommend it to others.
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This was a bizarre little story about a girl that runs away and has a strange adventure with forest creatures in a land that has a tyrant of a king who ends up getting put in his place.  I had a hard time figuring out what age group this was for.  Maybe a teen book because of some of the language, but the artwork is rather young.  Not my cup of tea that’s for sure.

I just reviewed The Wondrous Wonders by Camille Jourdy. #NetGalley
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The Wondrous Wonders is a charming book in the truest sense of the word. It explores the foundations of belonging and what it means to be a family. Jo is unhappy with her parent's divorce so decides to run away whilst on a camping trip. She travels through the forest only to find herself in a fantasy world full of interesting and fairy tale like friends. Soon she finds herself part of a rescue operation at a local castle and discovers where her heart truly lies. Illustrations are magical.
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The art in this middle grade graphic novel fable took my breath away every time I turned the page. I found its color palette and delicate line work so soothing, and it was a lovely and fitting vehicle for this tender story about the ways in which divorce can turn the lives of children upside down. Bittersweet and affecting.
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Gorgeous graphic novel, the stunning illustrations bring to life this lovely story.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book in exchange for my review.
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I sent in a request for this book because I was attracted to the pretty cover. The art style inside was even prettier. The Wondrous Wonders is a short graphic novel for children that was so dreamy yet funny to read. Plot-wise, it's very simple and actually very random. The character designs are interesting and some, weird. The characters were definitely my favorite part of the book. It's a story about family and love, friends and community, but also about bringing down tyranny. An interesting children's book, indeed! Adults like myself would also have a fun time reading this.
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