Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.
It took me a while to understand what was going on in My Favorite Thing is Monsters, but I did like it. It was so creative and imaginative, and it had mystery and excellent art. Towards the end, I got a bit bored with it because it was so long, not because it was poorly executed. I am looking forward to reading the second volume in October. I’m glad that I picked this one up!