26: Jellaby: Monster in the City by Kean Soo

Jellaby: Monster in the City by Kean Soo (US) - (Canada)
Jellaby, Vol. 2

Pages: 172
Ages: 10+
Finished: Jan. 22, 2012
First Published: Apr. 21, 2009
Publisher: Hyperion
Genre: children, graphic novel, fantasy, Canadian author
Rating: 3/5


First sentence:


That's the last of the sandwiches, so don't eat it all at once, okay

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Publisher's Summary: "As Portia, Jason, and Jellaby continue their journey through the city of Toronto, Portia is torn between her friendship with Jellaby and her duty to help the sweet monster find his way back to his home. How can Portia say goodbye forever, when Jellaby has become her best friend?

But the clues leading them to Jellaby's origins begin to turn sinister. When a hooded wizard introduces them to another monster like Jellaby, Portia and her purple friend are in for a gruesome shock -- this monster befriends children, too -- and then she eats them!

Now Portia must find a home for Jellaby, save Jason from the grasping tentacles of his new "best friend," and come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of her father.

It's a lot to take on, but Portia is mad, bad, and ready to kick some monster butt."


I enjoyed this volume a might better than the first since I at least knew what to expect but was still disappointed.  Sure I love the illustrations; they are cute and all once you get used to the teeny kids and I like the expressions the artist can convey just with the character's eyes.  But story wise I did not find it satisfying.  Too many questions were left in my mind and no questions were answered.  What happened to Portia's father?  Is Jellaby an imaginary friend?  If so, why can others see him?  Or do they really see him?  The ending leaves this all up in the air and just left me feeling flat and disappointed.  Others really enjoy this little series but I have to say it just wasn't my cup of tea.

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